The Israeli Housing Ministry issued on Thursday bids for the construction of hundreds of settler homes in Jabal Abu Ghneim (Har Homa) in Bethlehem district and Beitar Elit settlement near Jerusalem.

The Israeli government intends to construct 130 units in Abu Ghneim settlement and additional 317 in Beitar Elit.  

The new bids were considered another blast in the already trembling peace process between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

The announcement of the new bids came only one day after the Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, met with the Israeli Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert.

Hamas movement said that this announcement became a reoccurring event which follows every meeting between Abbas and Olmert.

Settlements in the occupied territories are illegal and violate by the international law, but the international idleness and silence encourages Israel to annex more Palestinian lands in order to build illegal settlement.