Angry Israel invites bids to build new homes on occupied territory
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities
Israel deepens rift with US by approving new West Bank apartments
The Israeli housing minister has invited bids for 1,500 new settlements on the occupied West Bank and in annexed East Jerusalem.
The Israeli government has decided to build more homes on the occupied territory in response to the formation of a new Palestinian government, of which it disapproves.
Housing minister Uri Ariel said: "I congratulate the decision to give a proper Zionist response to the establishment of the Palestinian terror cabinet.
"The right and duty of the state of Israel to build across the country to lower the housing prices is unquestionable, and I believe these tenders are just the beginning."
Mr Ariel is a member of the far-right Home party which opposes a Palestinian state.
Palestinian Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas formed a new government on Monday with the support of Hamas.
Israel is angry that America has pledged to work with the newly formed government, so has opted to build lots more houses on the disputed territories in revenge.