Ultra-orthodox Jews walk at the site of a corner stone ceremony for a new neighbourhood in the Beitar Illit settlement, which is the largest in the West Bank, located some ten kilometres south of Jerusalem, on August 3, 2017. / AFP / MENAHEM KAHANA
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The Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved legislation Thursday that would suspend U.S. financial assistance to the Palestinian Authority until it stops rewarding Palestinians who kill American and Israeli citizens.Separately, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday that his government had done more than all its predecessors to boost Jewish settlement.The new development, named Amichai, will be the first government-sanctioned Jewish settlement built in the Palestinian territories in some 25 years.Construction in settlements in the West Bank, excluding East Jerusalem, increased by 70 percent in the 12 months to March, according to data from Israel's Central Bureau of Statistics. The new development in Beitar Illit will have more than 1,000 homes.
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