During the previous years the Israeli government was largely restrained and practically froze construction in order to appease the Palestinians and restart peace negotiations. Of course this fact continues to be ignored, and the Palestinians have again chosen their own approach, shunning negotiation. Hence renewed construction. Seems underhanded for the article not to put this in perspective.
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Turkish military says destroys PKK militant targets in air strikes (Reuters)
from the article: Approval for settlement plans jumped 300% in 2012, says Peace Now