Israel's plan to build thousands of homes on occupied territories condemned
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities
Israel deepens rift with US by approving new West Bank apartments
Israel's decision to build 1,400 new homes on occupied Palestinian territory has been condemned as the country's "clear commitment to the destruction of peace efforts".
Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said that Israel was "openly displaying its true agenda" and that the announcement is a "test for the US administration's ability to hold Israel accountable for actively sabotaging their efforts for peace."
Israel's housing ministry has issued tenders for the development of 801 homes settlements across the West Bank and 600 in Ramat Shlomo in East Jerusalem. It has additionally re-opened bids for another 532 homes in East Jerusalem that had previously failed to interest developers, the BBC reported.
The decision comes after Israel released 26 Palestinian prisoners last month.
Over 100 Jewish settlements lie on the lands occupied by Israel in 1967. Though Israel disputes it, the settlements are considered a breach of international law.