Tender floated for West Bank settlement

JERUSALEM: Israel issued construction tenders for a West Bank settlement just days before its premier was to hold his first official meeting with US President Barack Obama, army radio reported today.

Tenders to build 20 housing units in the Maskiot settlement in the north of the occupied West Bank were issued after the approval of the defence ministry, it said. The news came on the same day that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was to meet Obama in Washington.