Israel approves 900 East Jerusalem settler homes: NGO

Published May 7th, 2015 - 12:06 GMT
Israel approved the construction of 900 settler homes in occupied Jerusalem shortly after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu established his rightwing coalition. (AFP/File)
Israel approved the construction of 900 settler homes in occupied Jerusalem shortly after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu established his rightwing coalition. (AFP/File)

Israel approved the construction of an additional 900 settler homes in occupied Jerusalem, shortly after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu formed a rightwing religious coalition for his new government, AFP reported Thursday.

NGO Peace Now spokeswoman Hagit Ofran said the new home will be built in the occupied area of Ramat Shlomo in east Jerusalem.

"They've approved the request, and now they're allowed to build," Ofran told AFP.

The planning process for the units went along as Netanyahu confirmed the far-right Jewish Home's inclusion in the prime minister's new coalition. The Jewish Home favors constructing new Israeli settlements in occupied territory and is against establishing a Palestinian state. 

The UN has condemned the expansion of more Israeli settlements, a sticking point for the country's relations with the international community. 

Israel previously approved building 1,600 Israeli homes in the West Bank, but construction was held up in November 2013 from not enough roads to complete the building process, Peace Now said. 

Ofran said the government will now continue with the project despite the lack of roads. 


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