50 New Homes Approved on Israeli Side of Security Barrier; U.S. Seeks "Clarifications"

(Daily Star-Lebanon) - The U.S. was "seeking clarification from the Israeli government" about plans to build 50 new homes in Elkana, a settlement on the Israeli side of the security barrier, three miles inside the West Bank, which is home to more than 3,250 people. The houses "will be built by private entrepreneurs on state land," Israel Lands Authority spokesman Yaakov Harel said. Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom said, "it's very well known that those territories close to the borders will be kept in the hands of the State of Israel."

2005-04-18 00:00:00

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