17 Nov, JERUSALEM – The Israeli parliament gave initial approval on Wednesday to a controversial bill to legalise thousands of West Bank settler homes, a measure that has drawn international anger and divided the government.
The measure which would apply to an estimated 2,000 to 3,000 Jewish homes in the occupied West Bank requires three more full parliamentary votes to become law. There have been reports that a behind-the-scenes compromise could see the bill now stall. The vote in the Knesset, or parliament, was 58-50. (AFP)