Israel presses on with plan for 6,000 new settler homes

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An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man walks in Ramat Shlomo, a religious Jewish settlement in an area of the occupied West Bank Israel annexed to Jerusalem, December 18, 2012. Israeli officials said they would press on with plans this week to build 6,000 homes for settlers on land claimed by Palestinians, defying criticism from Western powers who fear the move will hit already faint hopes for a peace accord. An Israeli interior ministry planning committee on Monday gave preliminary approval for 1,500 new homes in Ramat Shlomo. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun