The planned E1 corridor will connect Israeli settlements, such as Ma’ale Adumim, to Jerusalem, killing any chance of territorial contiguity for Palestinians in the West Bank [Ammar Awad/Reuters]

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has pledged to build 3,500 new illegal settler homes in the strategically sensitive E1 region of the occupied West Bank.

The announcement on Tuesday came a week ahead of Israel’s general election – the third in less than 12 months – and is the latest in a string of promises to expand illegal Jewish settlements as the right-wing prime minister also faces a corruption trial.


“I have given instructions to immediately publish for deposit the plan to build 3,500 housing units in E-1,” Netanyahu said in a speech, describing the first phase of a

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