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Israeli Minister Expects 50 Percent More West Bank Settlers by 2019

The number of Jewish settlers in the Israeli-occupied West Bank could grow by as much as 50 percent by 2019, Israel's ultra-nationalist construction minister said on Friday. Palestinians want the West Bank as part of their future state and blamed settlement expansions for the breakdown last month of U.S.-mediated peace talks with Israel — a position supported in part by Washington, but rejected by the Israelis. Construction and Housing Minister Uri Ariel, a member of the hardline...

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