The Local Committee for Planning and Building for the Israeli occupation municipality in Jerusalem approved, on Wednesday evening, a plan to build 770 housing units in the Gilo neighborhood, south of the occupied city of Jerusalem.

Haaretz Israeli newspaper reported, according to Al Ray, that the committee also approved a new construction stage in the settlement.

The municipality stressed that the plan has existed since 2013, adding that it has been waiting on several actions to be approved before the beginning of the building process.

Various associations rejected the plan, saying that it limits the chances of establishing a two-state solution because it keeps only a small space between the Israeli settlement and the Palestinian city of Beit Jala.

It is worth mentioning that the Knesset also passed, on Wednesday, the first reading of the bill to “legalize” illegal settlements.

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