The Israeli government is expected to approve construction of 4,500 new illegal settlement units in the occupied West Bank next week.
According to a report yesterday by the Israeli Broadcasting Authority (IBA), the expected approvals may be postponed until after Israel's general election – which is slated for 9 April – if an ongoing dispute between the finance and defense ministries is not first resolved.
Approximately 650,000 Jewish settlers currently live on more than 100 settlements in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.
International law views the West Bank and East Jerusalem as "occupied territories" and considers all Jewish settlement-building activity there illegal.
The Palestinians, for their part, want both these territories – along with the besieged Gaza Strip – for the establishment of any future Palestinian state.