Israeli Plan Would Add 35 Isolated West Bank Settlements to New 'National Priorities Map'

'Border proximity’ criterion gets more weight in new system; plan contravenes understandings between Israel, U.S. that prohibit granting economic incentives to encourage people to move to the settlements.

The Israeli government approved Sunday new criteria for granting government assistance to communities, adjusting the regulations in a way that government officials said would add 35 isolated West Bank settlements to the list of favored communities, or “national priorities map.”