Israel Vows to Build in West Bank Site After Evicting Protesters
Israel’s prime minister has vowed to move ahead with settlement building in a Palestinian-claimed area near Jerusalem, after Israeli security forces evicted more than 100 Palestinian protesters from the site.
In an interview Sunday on Israeli radio, Benjamin Netanyahu said “there will construction” in the disputed E-1 zone between Israeli-occupied East Jerusalem and the major West Bank Jewish settlement of Maaleh Adumim. But he said it will take time for Israel to complete the planning process for 3,000 housing units.
Israeli security personnel entered the zone before dawn Sunday and quickly removed dozens of Palestinians who had set up tents Friday to protest the proposed settlement project. The protesters resisted passively and there were no serious injuries.