Israeli authorities approved more than 1,100 new settlement homes in West Bank

Vastavam web: Israeli authorities have approved more than 1,100 new settlement homes in the occupied West Bank, the Peace Now NGO said today, the latest in a raft of such moves in recent months.The approvals were given on Wednesday by a defence ministry committee with authority over settlement construction.A total of 1,122 housing units were advanced, including seven already existing homes given retroactive approval.

According to Ofran, the majority of the approvals are for settlements deep in the West Bank that Israel would likely need to evacuate as part of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.A shooting that killed an Israeli settler on Tuesday in the West Bank led to fresh calls for further settlement building, though the plans approved on Wednesday were already in the works.According to Peace Now, 6,742 housing projects were approved in the settlements last year, the highest figure since 2013.Prominent members of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing government openly oppose Palestinian statehood.