Israeli government unanimously approved on Sunday building 350 new settlement units south of occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem.
All of Israel’s settlements in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem are illegal under international law and most of world countries condemn Israeli occupation over building them.
The new units will be built in the Gush Etzion settlement bloc to accommodate the Jewish settlers who were evacuated by the Israeli High Court of Justice from the settlement outpost of Netiv Ha’avot.
“Today, the Cabinet will approve a budget for the Netiv Ha’avot outline,” said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “The residents have been waiting a long time for this.”
Although the evacuation of Netiv Ha’avot was ordered by the court, the Israeli government asked that it be delayed until June in order to find a solution for the issue.
Last week, Israeli occupation authorities approved building 3,000 illegal Israeli Jewish settlement units in the occupied city of Jerusalem.