However, Netanyahu has gone further than his predecessors in many ways, establishing facts on the ground that ‘‘are lethal to the two-state solution,’’ Ofran said
In response to the Palestinians’ successful U.N. recognition bid, Netanyahu announced he’s moving forward with plans to build a new settlement with more than 3,400 apartments near Jerusalem, a location critics say with badly hurt prospects of setting up a Palestinian state with contiguous territory. In recent days, Palestinians have set up a protest tent camp in the area.
After initially curbing construction under U.S. pressure for 10 months early in his term, Netanyahu’s government made up for lost time in the last two years, issuing tenders for 5,302 apartments in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, the report said.
The bids pave the way ‘‘for an explosion of construction in settlements in coming years,’’ Peace Now said.