Peace Now 'alarmed' by 3,000 more settler homes in West Bank

'Netanyahu is compromising the future of Israel'

01 February, 20:07

    (ANSAmed) - TEL AVIV, FEBRUARY 1 - The Peace Now NGO, an activist group in Israel with the aim of promoting a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, spoke out on Wednesday against the Israeli prime minister's latest moves. Benyamin ''Netanyahu must not let the two state solution be the causality of his fight for political survival,'' it wrote in a statement published on its website. ''Yesterday's announcement include the promotion of housing units deep in the West Bank and in highly problematic areas for a future agreement. In order to satisfy his settler constituency and divert public attention away from his investigations Netanyahu is compromising the future of Israel.'' In January, investigators from the national police anti-fraud unit questioned Netanyahu twice over his alleged acceptance of tens of thousands of dollars in gifts from wealthy businessmen.

    The statement came after Netanyahu approved the building of 3,000 more housing units in Jewish settlements in the West Bank.

    Peace Now found especially significant the fact that 1,380 housing units are ''in areas that are not likely to be a part of Israel in a future agreement''. Over the past few days, Netanyahu had already approved the building of 2,500 more settler housing units in the West Bank as well as 68 homes in the Ofra settlement. (ANSAmed).

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