Occupied Palestine, ALRAY - " The publication of the latest tenders for new homes were coordinated with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and that he approved of them." the Israeli Minister of Housing and Construction, Uri Ariel , said.
" Even if the United States does not approve of the construction, it will continue," he added. "The United States is our greatest ally, but they also sometimes take actions we do not approve of."
The announcement was made Friday with the approval of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and came on the heels of the release of 26 Palestinian prisoners.
Last week, the Israel Land Authority and Ministry of Construction and Housing announced the publication of 1,400 new construction tenders east of Jerusalem, and several areas in the West Bank.