Israeli soldiers control an access to the Palestinian village of Karma, southwest of the flash-point city of Hebron in the southern West Bank on Jan. 18, 2016. / AFP / HAZEM BADER
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Israel has appropriated large tracts of land in the occupied West Bank near the Dead Sea and the Palestinian city of Jericho, Israeli Army Radio said Tuesday.Israel's Peace Now movement, which tracks and opposes Israeli settlement in territory captured in a 1967 war, said the reported seizure of 579 acres (234 hectares) represented the largest land confiscation in the West Bank in recent years. Such an appropriation would be the largest since August 2014, and larger than the 380 acre (154 hectares) area that Israel first said in January it planned to designate as government property near the Dead Sea.Israel says it intends to keep large settlement blocs in any future peace agreement with the Palestinians.
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