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Thursday November 03, 2011 09:14:15 AM, RIA Novosti

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Netanyahu calls for stepped up settlement construction

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called for stepped up construction of 2,000 new homes for Israelis in the occupied Palestinian territories, the premier's press service said Tuesday. "We are talking about an additional 2,000 homes that will remain on Israeli  

Moscow: The Russian Foreign Ministry urged Israel Wednesday to refrain from more housing construction in the occupied West Bank pending a final agreement on the status of the Palestinian territories.

"Moscow is seriously concerned by the announcement from the Israeli leadership," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

"The Russian position is well known and has been affirmed more than once: any construction in the occupied territories is illegal under the accepted norms of international law and must cease," it says.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Tuesday called on for stepped up construction of 2,000 new homes for Israelis in the occupied territory, saying the new construction would remain on Israeli territory whatever the terms of the possible recognition of Palestine's statehood bid.

Israel will also temporarily halt the transfer of finances to the Palestinian government, Netanyahu's adviser Alex Selsky said, speaking a day after the Palestinian National Authority received full membership in Unesco, a move Israel condemned.

In early October Israel announced plans to build some 300 new homes for Jewish settlers in occupied East Jerusalem, which the Palestinians claim as the capital of their future state.

In late September, Israel had approved construction of 1,100 homes in East Jerusalem.







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