Israel to build '1000s' of West Bank settler homes

Israel will build "thousands" of new homes in settlements in the West Bank, the country's housing minister insisted on Wednesday, just hours before Israeli-Palestinian peace talks are due to resume.

"We will build thousands of homes in the coming year in Judaea-Samaria (West Bank). No one dictates where we can build," said Uri Ariel, in remarks broadcast by Israeli public radio.