Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has approved the construction of 454 homes in two settlements in East Jerusalem, an unnamed official said on Tuesday. 18 will be built in Ramot and 436 in Ramat Shlomo.
Ramat Shlomo settlement was first approved in 2012 but was quickly cancelled after Washington’s and the European Union’s criticism of the proposal.
The Palestinian Authority described the plans as a “flagrant violation of international law”. All Israeli settlements in the West Bank are illegal under international law but nothing more than the occasional scrutiny occurs as a result.
Some 500,000 Israelis have settled in the West Bank and East Jerusalem among the 2.4 million Palestinians and serve only to provoke the fragile situation.
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