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Israel announces $15 million additional settlement budget for West Bank

Israel’s government has approved an $18 million budged for further settlements in the West Bank, reports The Guardian. 

The latest addition to Israel’s existing $88 million budget for new settlement projects in the West Bank, comes amidst calls from the US and European Union to halt all settlement building.

The Israeli government said the increase in settlements was needed to address security concerns, citing alleged recent knife attacks by Palestinians.

Speaking at a cabinet meeting, Israel’s prime minister, Netanyahu said the extra funding allocation was “an assistance to plan to strengthen communities” in the West Bank.