There are things the mainstream American News Media won't touch with a ten-foot pole.
U.N. Security Council Resolution 446
"Determines that the policy and practices of Israel in establishing settlements in the Palestinian and other Arab territories occupied since 1967 have no legal validity and constitute a serious obstruction to achieving a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East."
Israel Approves More Construction in West Bank, East Jerusalem
Israel has approved construction of hundreds of new homes in East Jerusalem, and has invited bids for building projects in the West Bank.
The Israeli government Thursday said it will build 130 living units in the Har Homa neighborhood of eastern Jerusalem. That neighborhood was built on land Israel occupied in the 1967 Mideast war. Israel incorporated the areas into Jerusalem's boundaries in a move not recognized internationally.
Israeli officials also called for bids from construction companies to build more than 300 apartments in the West Bank settlement of Beitar Illit.
Palestinian officials condemn new settlements, saying they undermine U.S.-backed peace talks.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has stressed repeatedly that settlement construction or expansion in the West Bank is contrary to international law and Israel's commitments under the "road map" peace process.
Mr. Ban has urged Israel to freeze all settlement activity and to dismantle outposts erected since March of 2001.
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