Israel gives nod for 4,427 new settlement homes, watchdog says

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JERUSALEM (Reuters) -Israel on Thursday approved the building of 4,427 new homes in its settlements on occupied West Bank land where Palestinians seek statehood, a watchdog group said about the plans that have drawn U.S. criticism. Peace Now, an anti-settlement group, provided the figure after a meeting of Israel’s Higher Planning Council, which convened to ratify the construction. At the meeting, 2,791 homes received final approval and 1,636 received an initial nod, the watchdog said. There was no immediate government statement, but responding on Twitter to Peace Now’s tally, Israel’s nationa…

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