Israel’s Defense Ministry has formulated a plan to extend its security barrier into a new area of the West Bank, despite international pressure to stop construction, a senior Israeli official said Friday. Meanwhile, Palestinian gunmen killed three Israeli soldiers in a Gaza settlement. The new segment would cut off the Jordan Valley — a region on the eastern side of the West Bank where Israel has a number of settlement — and connect it to Israel. Earlier this month, the Israeli government approved a series of security barriers that would run through the West Bank, in most areas relatively close to Israel. The Jordan Valley segment, which would be much further to the east, has not yet been presented to the government for approval, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. Full Story
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