The Israeli “Planning and Construction Committee” in Jerusalem approved, Tuesday, the construction of 278 units for Jewish settlers in occupied East Jerusalem.Israeli sources said the approval is meant or the construction of 216 units in Ramot illegal settlement, and 62 in Jabal Abu Ghneim settlement (Har Homa).

Last Sunday, Israel approved the construction of 500 units in Ramat Shlomo illegal settlement, and approved paving a new road, leading to the settlement, by illegally confiscating privately owned Palestinian lands.

The Israeli government of Benjamin Netanyahu intends to approve various settlement construction projects in occupied East Jerusalem, in what it called a “retaliation to Palestinian diplomatic moves around the world,” and to punish the Palestinian Authority for joining a number of United Nations organizations and treaties.

Israel will likely be announcing more projects in the near future, meant for constructing and expanding illegal settlements not only in occupied Jerusalem, but also in various areas in the West Bank.