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In response to PA unity gov't, Israel approves 1,500 settlement housing units
In response to PA unity gov't,  Israel approves 1,500 settlement housing units
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Occupied WB, ALRAY - Israeli housing ministry and lands administration issued on Wednesday at night tenders for 1,500 illegal settlement housing units in the West Bank and occupied east Jerusalem , a step described as a response to Hamas- Fatah unity government .

Of the 1,500 settlement, 223 will be built in Efrat, 484 in Beitar Ilit, 38 in Geva Binyamin (Adam), 76 in Ariel, 78 in Alfe Menashe, 155 in Givat Zeev, , and 400 in the Ramat Shlomo neighborhood of Jerusalem.

Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestine are the Jewish civilian communities built on lands occupied by Israel during the 1967 Six-Day War. Such settlements currently exist in the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and in the Golan Heights.

The announcement of further construction comes amid a serious policy of disagreement with the US over its approach to the new Palestinian unity government.

Israeli Housing Minister Uri Ariel said Wednesday night that he was “very gladdened by the appropriate Zionist response to the establishment of  what he called the Palestinian 'terrorist' government.

“I believe that these homes will be just the beginning of a larger development effort in West Bank  and Jerusalem," Ariel added.

Israel continues to expand its settlements and settle new areas in the West Bank in spite of the Oslo Accords, which specified in article 31 that neither side would take any step that would change the status of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip pending the outcome of the permanent status negotiations.

However, Israeli settlement expansion has continued unabated, despite being condemned by almost all other nations and the UN.