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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">Israel announced plans Sunday to build hundreds of homes in the West Bank and disputed east Jerusalem, setting off another crisis in the embattled peace process ahead of the arrival of a key U.S. mediator.<br><br>
The fatal shooting of eight rabbinical seminary students by a Palestinian resident of Jerusalem dampened low expectations for negotiations that aim for a treaty this year.<br><br>
Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said the new plans further undermine talks between Israel and the West Bank administration of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.<br><br>
''Why do they insist on doing this and humiliating Abu Mazen in front of the Palestinian public,'' he said, using Abbas' nickname.<br><br>
Israeli Housing Minister Zeev Boim said the construction would include 350 apartments in Givat Zeev, a West Bank settlement just outside of Jerusalem, and 750 homes in Pisgat Zeev, a Jewish neighborhood in east Jerusalem.<br><br>
Israel captured and annexed east Jerusalem in the 1967 Mideast war but Palestinians claim it as their capital and the annexation is not recognized internationally.<br><br>
Givat Zeev is in one of the three major settlement blocs that Israel intends to retain in any peace agreement. Bush has signaled support for the Israeli position, and the Palestinians have expressed willingness to consider swapping land where settlement blocs stand for equal amounts of Israeli land.</td>
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Palestinian negotiators have *also* agreed to the principle of land swaps including those particular settlement blocs.<br><br><br>
Your quote makes it sound like it's just Israel and Bush who agree to it. Not so. The Palestinians have agreed as well.
 

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What is left out of the above quote is that these housing starts were approved 9 years ago *under Rabin* and then put on hold. This is a "settlement block" which is a neighborhood on the edge of Jerusalem, not on the edge of Nablus or Hevron. I don't think Giva'at Ze'ev is going anywhere in any final status negotiations.
 

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I think the timing on this is very negative.. given the fact that the peace talks just broke down last week.<br><br>
This article is better....<br><br><a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7286264.stm" target="_blank">http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7286264.stm</a><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">But the decision provoked an angry reaction from Palestinian leaders.<br><br>
For the Palestinians there are <b>few issues as contentious as the building of Jewish settlements in the West Bank</b>, says the BBC's Crispin Thorold in Jerusalem.<br><br><b>Under the terms of the peace process settlement expansion is supposed to be frozen.</b><br><br>
Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said the latest decision raised doubts about Israel's commitment to peace talks.<br><br>
"It seems to me the Israelis are determined to put a stick in the wheel of negotiations," he said.<br><br>
"It will undermine the US effort to revive the negotiations."</td>
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It's nine years old, yes... but as the article says...the ultra-orthodox party pushed to have the construction restart.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">Israel Radio said the decision to restart the development was pushed by the ultra-Orthodox Shas party, which had threatened to quit the government coalition unless the construction was approved.</td>
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