Israeli Settlements

Israel takes steps toward new settlement in volatile city

Israeli authorities on Monday confirmed that they have begun the process of expanding an Israeli settlement in Hebron, a West Bank city that has been the focus of nearly a year of violence.

The Palestinians swiftly condemned the move, saying they would seek international pressure to halt the plan from going forward.

The Palestinians, along with the international community, oppose all settlement construction in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, territories they seek for a future independent state. Israel captured both areas in the 1967 Mideast war.

Construction in Hebron, the West Bank's largest city, is especially contentious. About 1,000 Jewish settlers live in...