Israel Plans New Settlement Homes Amid Hamas Rift With U.S.

June 5, 2014 11:56 AM

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Israel announced plans to build 1,500 new settlement homes in east Jerusalem and the West Bank, raising tensions with the U.S. at a time when the allies are at odds over a new Palestinian government.

The new homes, planned on land the Palestinians claim for a future state, are a response to this week’s creation of a Palestinian unity government that includes Hamas, Israeli Housing and Construction Minister Uri Ariel said. The Gaza Strip-based Islamic movement is classified as a terrorist group b...

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