A general view of of the Ramat Shlomo, a Jewish settlement in the mainly Palestinian eastern sector of Jerusalem, on June 5, 2014. (AFP PHOTO /AHMAD GHARABLI)
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Israel unveiled plans for 3,200 settler homes Thursday in retaliation for the formation of a Palestinian unity government backed by Hamas and the international community, raising the Palestinians' ire.Tenders for nearly 1,500 new settlement houses and plans to advance some 1,800 others were issued just 72 hours after the new Palestinian government was sworn in, ending seven years of rival administrations in the West Bank and Gaza.The news drew a furious reaction from the Palestinians, who pledged to seek an anti-settlement resolution at the UN Security Council for the first time in more than three years.Hanan Ashrawi, a senior member of the Palestine Liberation Organisation, said the Palestinians would seek UN intervention to bring Israel to account for its new settlement expansion drive.Since Monday, several hardline Israeli ministers have demanded that Israel respond to the new Palestinian government by annexing large swathes of the West Bank.
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