By Ori Lewis
Monday, June 29, 2009 6:54 AM
News of the planned building work emerged hours before Defense Minister Ehud Barak was due to travel to the
He will meet President Barack Obama's
An affidavit submitted by the Defense Ministry to the Supreme Court outlined plans to relocate settlers from Migron, an outpost built in the West Bank without Israeli government permission, to the settlement of Adam, north of
According to the document, a response to a court case brought by the Israeli anti-settlement group Peace Now, a master plan for Adam calls for construction of 1,450 homes there.
But the ministry said it had given the go-ahead for the construction of only 50 of the dwellings and any additional units would require its separate approval.
Peace Now said some 2,500 settlement homes are currently under construction in the West Bank. Obama has pressed
Some 500,000 Israelis live in the West Bank and Arab East Jerusalem, territory
In the West Bank city of
"We won't accept the continuation of settlements," Abbas said.
Abbas also urged Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to drop his conditions for the creation of a Palestinian state, which include international guarantees it would have no army and a demand Palestinians recognize
In a rare dispute between
Barak left open the possibility of a limited, temporary halt to construction in settlements, in remarks Sunday in response to an Israeli newspaper report that he would propose a three-month moratorium.
(Additional reporting by Mohammed Assadi in Ramallah; Editing by Samia Nakhoul)
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