The Israeli government approved 112 new housing units to be built in a settlement in southern West Bank.
The Israeli environment minister told the army radio that the government approved the new building on Sunday. The 112 new houses will be added to the Israeli settlement of Bitar Iliet near the southern West Bank city of Bethlehem.
Under international law all Israeli settlement in the West Bank, including the ones in Jerusalem city, are illegal.
The Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu announced last December a six-month-long freeze in settlement construction in the West Bank. Netanyahu move was to push forth the stalled peace talks with the Palestinians.
The Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas demanded a total freeze in settlement before peace talks could be resumed.
Today Ahamd Qurai, a member of the Palestinian Libration Organization central committee announced that the new Israeli decision will thwart any hope for the resumption of peace talks.