Israel's Housing Minister said on Monday that America had agreed on the bidding process for new settlement units announced recently. It all coordinated with US Secretary of State John Kerry, claimed Uri Ariel.
Speaking to Radio Reshet Bet, Ariel said that Kerry had agreed on this measure. "However, even if the US refused the bidding, we would still go ahead," he insisted. The US, added Ariel, is Israel's biggest ally, despite objections to some of the things done by American officials.
Palestinians oppose Israeli settlements in the occupied territories. Like most of the rest of the world, they consider them to breach international laws and conventions. Many countries have tense relations with Israel due to its illegal settlement programme.