“Latest settlement approvals have US officials doubting Gantz’s claim that he can limit scope of construction”

By building deep in the West Bank, Israel risking the wrath of Washington
by Jacob Magid
October 29, 2021

That’s likely why US officials reacted with dismay and anger when they reviewed the list of projects published last week by a panel within Gantz’s office that suggested the defense minister had failed to deliver on his word. The projects were approved Wednesday. “This shows that either he’s not really the one pulling the strings or that he was willfully deceiving us,” a US source familiar with the matter told the Times of Israel on Thursday. Of the plans for roughly 3,000 settlement homes that were advanced by the panel, the vast majority are located deep in the West Bank in towns such as Har Bracha, Elon Moreh, Beit El, Talmon and Eli. READ MORE

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