Israeli authorities advanced new settlement homes for the second day in a row yesterday, as reported by the Times of Israel.
Plans for 1,300 homes in Israeli settlements across the occupied West Bank were advanced by the Defence Ministry committee responsible, bringing the total number of homes green-lighted this week to some 2,600.
Among the 1,232 units advanced yesterday were 459 homes in Ma’ale Adumim, near Jerusalem.
Plans that received final authorisation for building included projects for settlers removed from illegal outposts Migron (86 units) and Amona (102 units).
Israeli NGO Peace Now slammed the developments in a statement yesterday, saying that Benjamin Netanyahu’s government is sending settlers a clear message:
You can build illegally and steal private Palestinian lands and we will take care of providing adequate compensation.
According to Israeli officials, a total of roughly 12,000 housing units will be passed through various stages of approval this year, four times the amount in 2016.
Meanwhile, Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman has claimed that settlement construction is advancing at a pace not seen since 2000, defending his government’s record from settlers who seek even higher levels of expansion.