Tuesday 4th December, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, approved Monday evening a new plan to construct 3600 new housing units in East Jerusalem, raising the number of Israeli settlement units after the Palestinian UN recognized the state of Palestine to 6600.
The Israeli government approved to construct 3600 new housing units distributed on three areas: 1600 new housing units in Jewish neighbourhood Ramat Shlomo, 1000 units in Givat Ze’ev, and another 1000 housing units in Beit Safafa.
Despite an international condemnation of Israeli settlement, the Jerusalem District Planning and Building Committee will hold a meeting today in Ramat Shlomo to discuss the new plan to expand settlement in East Jerusalem claiming that this plan was approved two years ago, in March 2010.
Israel’s Channel 7 revealed that this plan have caused a massive objections on the international level, as the plan was approved during a visit by U.S. Vice President Joe Biden. The approval sparked an unprecedented diplomatic crisis between Washington and Jerusalem, as a result of which the plan, along with additional construction projects in East Jerusalem, was suspended.
Hagit Ofran of Israel’s Peace Now movement, criticized the Israeli decisions and said, “The government is doing its best to avoid the two-state solution.”