The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

State and Nation

December 3, 2012

Israel rejects European pressure over settlements

(Continued)

The session, described by the official as a "very, very preliminary" step, would be open to Jewish politicians in the West Bank and developers, as well as Palestinians with any claims to parts of the land. This would be the first step in a planning process that could take months, if not years, before ground is actually broken.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the project with reporters.

Actual settlement construction remains far from certain and may have been announced by Netanyahu just to appeal to hawkish voters ahead of Israel's Jan. 22 election.

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