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    Settlements to get 850 new units

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    Following the failed vote on the settlement regulation bill, Prime
    Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has approved new construction in West Bank
    settlements. The bill, which attempted to evade a High Court ruling
    ordering the eviction of five homes in Beit El's Ulpana neighborhood,
    was voted down 69:22. Netanyahu and Housing and Construction Minister
    Ariel Atias gave the greenlight on 851 new housing units -- 300 for
    Beit El and 551 for four other settlements. The two agreed to
    immediately issue the construction tenders. The settlements most
    likely to get new housing units at this time are Efrat, Gush Etzion
    and Karnei Shomron. Netanyahu is risking censure by the United States
    and Europe, which have repeatedly voiced their objection to expanding
    existing settlements.