06/09/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

New Israeli Settlements To Be Built In Occupied West Bank

Israel announced plans on Sunday to build hundreds of new homes in an area of the occupied West Bank the Israeli government considers part of Jerusalem, despite U.S. and Palestinian calls to halt settlement expansion.

The announcement came two days before Prime Minister Ehud Olmert sets off for Washington for a three-day visit where he will meet U.S. President George W. Bush.

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