Peace Now: 829 New 'Settler' Homes
On Monday the far left group Peace Now announced that 829 new Jewish homes in Judea and Samaria were given approval for construction by a committee of the IDF charged with supervising the area.
Lior Amihai, an official of the radical leftist group, told AFP "this is yet another move that threatens to derail the peace process."
The homes are set to be built in Givat Ze'ev, Nofei Prat, Shilo, Givat Sal'it and Nokdim, according to the Peace Now report.
This most recent announcement comes after Peace Now reported on the approval of about 20,000 new Judea and Samaria homes two weeks ago. The far left group said it was "proud" that its reports led the US to pressure Israel into backing down on the construction.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu originally justified his decision to cancel the construction so as to give Israel more leverage in the Iranian nuclear talks. A deal with Iran was nevertheless made Sunday, despite Netanyahu's objections.
Following the reports of 20,000 new homes, the Palestinian Authority (PA) negotiating team to "peace taks" resigned in a move that violates agreements with Israel, as a building freeze was not part of the peace talk preconditions.
Meanwhile last week PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas's spokesman called Jewish homes in Judea and Samaria "a crime against humanity," and warned they threatened the future of negotiations.