Sign in to comment!

Menu
Home

World

Israeli PM says he'll move ahead with Jewish settlement seen as blow to Palestinian statehood

  • f47273a9931d7601260f6a706700a25d.jpg

    Israeli border police evict a Palestinian activist from an area known as E-1 near Jerusalem, Sunday, Jan 13, 2013. Palestinian activists erected tents in the area on Friday saying they wanted to "establish facts on the ground" to stop Israeli construction in the West Bank. The Palestinian activists were borrowing a phrase and a tactic, usually associated with Jewish settlers, who believe establishing communities means the territory will remain theirs once structures are built. (AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi) (The Associated Press)

  • 938ff97e931d7601260f6a706700256f.jpg

    Israeli border police evict a Palestinian activist from an area known as E-1 near Jerusalem, Sunday, Jan 13, 2013. Palestinian activists erected tents in the area on Friday saying they wanted to "establish facts on the ground" to stop Israeli construction in the West Bank. The Palestinian activists were borrowing a phrase and a tactic, usually associated with Jewish settlers, who believe establishing communities means the territory will remain theirs once structures are built. (AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi) (The Associated Press)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has pledged to move ahead with building a Jewish settlement in a strategic area of the West Bank, speaking just hours after Israeli troops dragged anti-settlement protesters from the site marked for construction.

The planned settlement, known as E-1, would deepen east Jerusalem's separation from the West Bank, both war-won areas the Palestinians want for their state.

On Friday, Palestinian and foreign activists pitched some 30 tents in the E-1 area to lay claim to the land. Protester Abdullah Abu Rahma says hundreds of soldiers evicted dozens of activists Sunday, took their ID numbers and released them.

Netanyahu told Israel army radio Sunday that planning for E-1 is moving ahead and that "there will be construction."

The U.S. previously pressured Israel to freeze E-1.