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From the Israeli daily newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth, via Americans for Peace Now:
They are the focus of President Obama’s interest in the Middle East and are even liable to cause a head-on collision between Israel and the US. But what is really going on in the settlements—are more housing units being built? Are plans being frozen? And how many new houses are being built at any given moment? Yedioth Ahronoth presents: Judea and Samaria, the situation today.
Settler representatives claim that the goal of the construction is to meet the natural growth needs of the population. On the other hand, left wing organizations claim that massive construction serves new settlers. But they all—from Amana, the settlement branch of Gush Emunim in Judea and Samaria to Peace Now to the Defense Ministry and the Housing Ministry, agree on one datum: in recent years there has been more growth in the settlements than in all the Israeli governments ever before.
More from Ken Silverstein:
Perspective — October 23, 2013, 8:00 am
How pro-oil Louisiana politicians have shaped American environmental policy
Postcard — October 16, 2013, 8:00 am
A trip to one of the properties at issue in Louisiana’s oil-pollution lawsuits
Percentage increase in the annual number of polio cases in Pakistan since 2005:
A bowl of 4,000-year-old noodles was found in northwestern China; and a spokesman for the Chinese Academy of Sciences said that “this is the earliest empirical evidence of noodles ever found.”
A federal judge sentenced the journalist Barrett Brown to 63 months in prison for sharing a link to information stolen from the private-intelligence firm Stratfor by a hacker in 2011. “Good news!” Brown said in a statement. “They’re now going to send me to investigate the prison-industrial complex.”
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