• August 28, 2010

Hebrew press: American green light to resume construction in WB settlements

Hebrew press: American green light to resume construction in WB settlements

The American administration has agreed to the scheme tabled by Dan Meridor, the Israeli Minister of Intelligence and Atomic Energy, on resuming building in settlement blocs on the West Bank borders, Hebrew daily Maariv said.

The paper on Thursday quoted Israeli political sources as saying that Meridor proposed starting the building activity on 26th September, which signals the end of the ten-month freeze on settlement activity.

The sources said that Washington agreed to divide the settlements in the West Bank into two types the first to be retained by Israel in any future peace agreement and the second that would be evacuated.

They said that the settlements to be retained by Israel are those built in the proximity of the green line separating the West Bank from Palestine occupied in 1948.

The sources said that contacts between Israel and the USA are ongoing in a bid to reach an acceptable formula on the issue before start of direct talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority next Wednesday.