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Israeli Minister Sees 50 Percent More Settlers In West Bank By 2019

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May 16, 2014 AT 2:16 PM
Israel's ultra-nationalist construction minister said on Friday the number of Jewish settlers in the Israeli-occupied West Bank could grow by as much as 50 percent by 2019,. Palestinians want the West Bank as part of their future state and blamed settlement expansions for the breakdown last month of U.S.-mediated peace talks with Israel - a position supported in part by Washington, but rejected by the Israelis. Construction and Housing Minister Uri Ariel, a member of the hardline Jewish Home party in Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's conservative coalition government, said the negotiations on Palestinian statehood were in their "dying throes" and predicted the settler population would spiral.