US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley (L) attends a session entitled "Human Rights and Democracy in Venezuela" on the side line of the United Nations Human Rights Council on June 6, 2017 in Geneva. AFP / Fabrice COFFRINI
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An Israeli panel approved plans Tuesday for the first new Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank in two decades, Israeli media said, drawing Palestinian condemnation and defying repeated international appeals to avoid such measures.If confirmed, the plans, which media said also envisage the construction of some 1,800 other settler homes in the West Bank, are likely to deliver a further serious blow to efforts to revive the moribund Israeli-Palestinian peace process.Peace Now, an Israeli anti-settlement group that monitors settlement activity in the West Bank, could not immediately confirm the reports but said the panel was due to discuss further building plans for the occupied territory Wednesday.The reported move follows an Israeli government decision in March to build the new settlement, known as Amichai. It will house some 300 settlers evicted in February from another settlement called Amona.About 400,000 settlers and 2.8 million Palestinians live in the West Bank.
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