20.12.2011 24.Kislev. 5772
Comment by top aide to Chancellor Merkel comes after Housing Ministry publishes tenders for 1,028 homes to be built in the West Bank and in East Jerusalem.
Israel must refrain from constructing new settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, a top aide of German Chancellor Angela Merkal said on Monday, following Israel's announcement of over 1,000 new housing units beyond the Green Line.
Merkel spokesperson Georg Streiter said that Israel's recent announcement that it would seek contractors to build apartments in both areas conveys "a devastating message with regard to the current efforts to resume peace negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians"….