Jewish Groups Divided over New West Bank Settlements

israel-settlementsJewish groups are divided over Israel’s plans to construct new settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. The controversial announcement came a day after the United Nations voted last week to recognize Palestine as a non-member state. The Union for Reform Judaism called the proposed settlements a challenge to a future two-state solution, but it also denounced the UN vote as counterproductive to peace. A prominent group of Orthodox rabbis, meanwhile, voiced its support for Israel’s decision.