ISRAEL move forward with plans to build more than 3,000 settler homes in the West Bank, Palestine, which was busy Wednesday (10/27). although united states of america strongly criticized the construction.
“The Civil Administration’s Higher Planning Committee has given the final green light for 1,800 houses and preliminary approval for 1,344 others,” a spokesman for the military agency that oversees the operations told AFP. civil affairs in the Palestinian territories.
The deal came a day after the United States criticized Israel for its settlement-building policies. President Joe Biden’s administration has said it strongly opposes new developments in the West Bank.
The Biden administration’s position on this issue contrasts sharply with that of its predecessor Donald Trump. The Trump presidency sees the United States giving the green light to Israeli activity in occupied Palestinian lands.
Homes approved on Wednesday are scattered across the West Bank, from the suburbs of Jerusalem to new residential neighborhoods deep within the territory. Israel’s Housing Ministry issued a separate tender on Sunday for the construction of 1,355 new houses in the West Bank.
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About 475,000 Israeli Jews live in settlements in the West Bank. The settlements are considered illegal under international law because they are on land that Palestinians claim as part of their future state. The expansion of Israeli settlements in the West Bank and annexed East Jerusalem has continued under all Israeli governments since 1967. (AFP / OL-14)