Palestinian demonstrators hurl stones towards Israeli troops during clashes following a protest against the near-by Jewish settlement of Qadomem, in the West Bank village of Kofr Qadom near Nablus March 31, 2017. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman
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The Palestinians and the United Nations condemned Friday the Israeli Cabinet's approval of the first officially sanctioned new settlement in the occupied West Bank in over 25 years.The Security Cabinet gave its unanimous backing to the new settlement late Thursday as what is widely seen as the most right-wing government in Israeli history presses ahead with settlement expansion in defiance of international concern.The new settlement will be constructed north of the former wildcat Jewish outpost known as Amona, which was razed in February in accordance with an Israeli High Court order.It will be the first entirely new settlement that an Israeli government has approved since 1991, the anti-settlement NGO Peace Now said.The Cabinet also invited tenders for nearly 2,000 new homes in existing settlements and discussed retroactively legalizing three outposts, Peace Now said.
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