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Israeli officials say their advancing plans for new settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem in response to the formation of a Palestinian unity government backed by the Islamic militant group Hamas. (June 5)

SHOTLIST:

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Ramallah, West Bank - 5 June 2014

1. Israeli security forces throwing stun grenade at protesters

2. Various of protestors standing next to road waving Palestinian flags and chanting

3. Israeli forces patrolling street

4. Israeli security officer throwing stun grenade

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Gilo settlement in east Jerusalem - 13 August 2013

5. Truck and bulldozer at site

6. Playground with settlement construction in background

7. Construction equipment at site

8. Wide of separation barrier, settlement on the left, Bethlehem on the right

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Jerusalem - 2 June 2014

9. SOUNDBITE (English) Mark Regev, Israeli Prime Minister's spokesman (see transcript below)

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Gilo settlement in east Jerusalem - 13 August 2013

10. Pull out from Palestinian village on hill to settlement in foreground

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Ramallah, West Bank - 5 June 2014

11. SOUNDBITE (English) Ehab Bessaiso, Palestinian government spokesperson (see transcript below)

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Gaza City - April 24, 2014

12. Various shots of faction members seated around table at meeting

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Ben Gurion Airport, Israel - March 20, 2013

13. Wide shot of President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at airport

VOICEOVER:

CLASHES IN THE WEST BANK...

ISRAELI SECURITY FORCES THREW STUN GRENADES AT PALESTINIAN PROTESTERS NEAR A CHECKPOINT.

THEY GATHERED IN COMMEMORATION OF THE 19-67 SIX DAY WAR...

(NATS PROTESTERS)

THE WAR'S OUTCOME LEFT ISRAEL WITH CONTROL OF THE WEST BANK AND EAST JERUSALEM. .. OCCUPIED AREAS THAT REMAIN UNDER DISPUTE.

MEANWHILE... ISRAELI OFFICIALS ARE ADVANCING THEIR PLANS FOR NEW SETTLEMENTS.

15-HUNDRED NEW HOUSING UNITS ARE EXPECTED TO GO UP IN THE WEST BANK AND EAST JERUSALEM.

ISRAEL SAID THE MOVE WAS IN RESPONSE TO PALESTINIAN PRESIDENT MAHMOUD ABBAS' DECISION TO FORM A NEW UNITY GOVERNMENT

IT'S BACKED BY THE ISLAMIC MILITANT GROUP, HAMAS.

SOUNDBITE (English) Mark Regev, Israeli Prime Minister's spokesman:

"President Abbas took a giant step backwards away from peace. He embraced a ruthless terrorist organization directly responsible for the murder of hundreds of innocent civilians and a group that calls for my country's destruction."

YET, PALESTINIAN OFFICALS SAY THE NEW SETTLEMENTS ARE, THEMSELVES, A ROADBLOCK TO PEACE.

SOUNDBITE (English) Ehab Bessaiso, Palestinian government spokesperson:

"We at the Palestinian government, we condemn the approval of building new settlements and we believe that this is undermining the international effort towards achieving a peaceful solution based on a two-state solution."

THE ISSUE OF SETTLEMENTS WAS A RECURRING STICKING POINT IN THE US-BACKED PEACE TALKS. THOSE COLLAPSED IN APRIL.

PADMANANDA RAMA, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

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