Israel plans 1,600 new Jewish homes in Jerusalem
JERUSALEM, March 9 - Israel announced plans on Tuesday to build 1,600 new Jewish homes in an area of the occupied West Bank it has annexed to Jerusalem, a move likely to draw Palestinian anger during a high-level U.S. visit.
The construction blueprint for Ramat Shlomo neighbourhood, published by Israel's Interior Ministry, could be implemented after a 60-day review period, spokeswoman Efrat Orbach said on the second day of a visit by U.S. Vice President Joe Biden.
The United States welcomed, with reservations, Israel's decision in November to place a 10-month freeze on settlement construction in the West Bank, which along with the Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem, it occupied in a war in 1967.
However, Israel has stressed that the moratorium does not apply to East Jerusalem and adjacent areas of the West Bank which it annexed to create a single municipality of Jerusalem in a move that has not been recognised internationally.
Palestinians want their own state in the West Bank and Gaza with East Jerusalem as its capital.
Gunmen kill senior Somali rebel leader - witnessesUnidentified gunmen shot dead a senior official of the Somali rebel group Hizbul Islam in Mogadishu's main market on Tuesday, sparking several revenge killings, officials and witnesses said.
Restoring Nairobi’s iconic librariesBook Bunk is turning public libraries into what they call ‘Palaces for The People' while introducing technology in every aspect.
Jimi Wanjigi says Raila Odinga's Sh6,000 monthly stipend is unrealistic
By Jane Mugambi
- New lobby, MPs join crusade to market Raila in Mt Kenya
By Allan Mungai
- Is DP Ruto an unassailable frontrunner or mere pacesetter?
By Oscar Obonyo
- Ruto or Raila? Kiunjuri’s gamble over 2022 candidate
- Murang’a leaders endorse Peter Kenneth to deputise Raila Odinga
- Relief as friends raise Sh16 million to pay Monari's bill