Israeli Peace Now Movement revealed Monday that Israel is planning the construction of 272 units in illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, and that the decision was made as U.S. Secretary of State was leaving the country following separate meetings with Israeli and Palestinian officials.
Peace Now said that Tel Aviv is planning to build 250 units in the Ofra illegal settlement, and 22 units in Karnei Shomron illegal settlement.
The official approval was made on Sunday, while an official document at the webpage of the Israeli Military Administration said the construction could start soon.
Peace Now said that Israel is not seeking a two-state solution with the Palestinians, and that by insisting on settlement construction and expansion, Tel Aviv is just placing obstacles to peace, especially since the two settlements are in the heart of the West Bank.
The Israeli government said that the project was first presented in October of last year. more