- March 6, 2010
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Barak responds to Arab League overtures by expanding settlements
OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, — As a first response the Arab decision to return to “peace negotiations”, the Israeli war minister, Ehud Barak, took a decision to build 112 new housing units in the Elit settlement in the southern West Bank district of al-Khalil.
The settlement that will be expanded is inhabited by the most extreme of Jewish settlers.
The Israeli newspaper “Israel Today” said that the decision was announced only hours after an Arab League ministerial meeting decided the resumption of “peace talks” between the Palestinian Authority and Israel.
Meanwhile, the Haaretz news paper said that a meeting between Mahmoud Abbas, the de facto PA president is expected to meet with the Israeli president, Shimon Peres, as early as next Sunday.