Jan. 15 (Bloomberg) -- Shortly after the United Nations
General Assembly voted in late November to upgrade the status of
the Palestinians, the government of Israeli Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu announced that it would advance plans to
establish a settlement in an area of the West Bank known as E-1,
and that it would build 3,000 additional housing units in east
Jerusalem and the West Bank.
A large settlement in E-1, an empty zone between Jerusalem
and the Jewish settlement city of Maaleh Adumim, would make the
goal of politically moderate Palestinians -- the creation of a
geographically contiguous state -- much harder to achieve.