Israel has constantly said that CITIES, like Ariel are not up for negotiation with the palestinians. Clinton agreed with that with Barak, Bush promised Sharon in writing that the US would not demand Israel gives the palestinians these places and Bibi even managed to get Obama to put in writing commitments he would not ask him to give them up. If Ariel is not up for negotiation where is the harm in building there? Israel needs affordable housing housing and this is helping address the need. This is natural growth of a city thats home to about 20,000 individuals, its not like building a new settlement from scratch.
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from the article: Israel approves 227 new homes in West Bank settlement of Ariel
Netanyahu is encouraged by the fact that some of his critics are starting to cast doubt on the deal, and even to echo his arguments against it.17:39 30.07.15 | 6 comments