Israel is preparing to announce a plan to build 1,400 settlement units by the time the third batch of Palestinian prisoners are released. Their release is part of US plan to push ahead with peace talks, an Israeli newspaper said.
Israeli newspaper Maariv said that the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked departments in the different Israeli ministries to start preparing the plan so they would be ready when it is announced next week when the prisoners will be freed.
According to the newspaper half of the settlement units will be built in occupied East Jerusalem.
Meanwhile the Israeli financial minister, the main partner in Netanyahu's government Ya'er Labid, said: "It is not right to announce new settlements at the same time as the release of prisoners."