Maale Adumim is an illegal Israeli settlement in the occupied Palestinian Territories, seven kilometres east of Jerusalem, with a population of more than 37,000 settlers.

According to Ma’an News Agency, Hebrew-language media sources claim 470 new housing units were approved by the Israeli government on Thursday, with a total of 20,000 units pending approval.

Yoav Galant, the Israeli Minister of Construction and Housing, stated that “public buildings, and institutions such as Jewish synagogues, schools, and kindergartens” will also be built. Galant emphasized the need to “continue to strengthen control of the Jerusalem area.”

Jewish News Syndicate reported, Sunday, that a “comprehensive agreement, signed by the Construction and Housing Ministry and the Maale Adumim Municipality”, in which 470 units have been approved and 20,000 are pending approval, with the budget reportedly at 2.8 billion New Israeli Shekels.

Turkish news outlet Anadolu quoted Palestinian Foreign Ministry, which stated, “This shuts the door to any plan to achieve peace on the basis of the two-state solution and thwarts any efforts to launch a real peace process.”