The Israeli authorities approved the construction of 98 settlements in the occupied West Bank and an industrial zone near Palestinian political capital Ramallah, the watchdog Peace Now said on Saturday.

“While world leaders are gathering to commemorate (former Israeli prime minister) Shimon Peres and his path to peace, the Israeli government is creating another obstacle for the two-state solution by establishing a new settlement in the heart of the West Bank,” Peace Now said in a statement.

Peres, 93, died on Wednesday and was buried on Friday at a ceremony attended by many world leaders including President Barack Obama of the United States, which has tried to broker new Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

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Peace Now spokeswoman Hagit Ofran told AFP that two settlement projects were approved on Wednesday by the Israeli military after being given the go-ahead by Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman.

Israeli settlements in east al Quds and the occupied West Bank are viewed as illegal under international law.

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Vanna
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Israeli Gov is a beast.

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I totally despise what they are doing with these settlements and it’s why, and some other issues, Netanyahu deeply disgusts me. But PLO simply refused ANY peace treaty, they even refuse to recognise the state of Israel. Any time offers were made, this was responded with new bloody riots, new attacks, etc. You can even see broadcasts for children on palestinian TV with a kind of Mickey Mouse with an explosive belt pushing children into hatred… What Netanyahu is doing is very nasty but in some way, this may pay : either the Palestinian authority comes back to negotiations with… Read more »
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NB : I know that many may dislike it, but I’m just explaining why the israeli govt does it. And I agree to the fact they play dirty but in some way, this is rough, nasty, but real-politik with two options : peace or nothingness

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