Israeli authorities, on Wednesday, approved the construction of 212 new units in the Â illegal Pisgat Zeâ€™ev and Ramat Shlomo settlements of occupied Jerusalem.
Israeli radio said, according to the PNN, that the approved housing units are a part of a larger settlement plan to be implemented during the new US administration era.
Last month, the Israeli cabinet approved the establishment of a new West Bank settlement for settlers evicted from Amona, an outpost razed after the High Court of Justice ruled that it had been built illegally on private Palestinian land.
On December 23, 2016, the UN Security Council voted in favor of a resolution demanding the halt of settlement activity, by Israel in Â the occupied Palestinian territory, with the United States notably abstaining.
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Chris Carlson is a student of religion at Mount Mercy University, United States, and has been a regular volunteer with the IMEMC since 2013. He assisted in providing extensive coverage of the 2014 Israeli military offensive on the Gaza Strip and continues, into the present day, with the issues at hand. He can be reached via email at c h r i s @ i m e m c . o r g.