Israel plans to announce new construction in West Bank settlements in the near future, an Israeli official told The Jerusalem Post as Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas toured Europe to urge its leaders to pressure Jerusalem to halt such activity.
“I expect that in the coming period we will be announcing further construction in the [West Bank] settlements,” the official told the Post on Monday.
In Europe, Abbas repeated his assertions that Israel was undermining the peace process with its continued building.
The Israeli official, however, charged that such statements, made by Abbas and other Palestinians, were disingenuous.
He said that it was the Palestinians who violated their agreements.