JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israel’s Security Cabinet approved a plan to build 700 homes in Palestinian West Bank towns.
The housing units would be constructed in Area C of the West Bank, the area that is under full Israeli control, based on the Oslo Accords. The plan was first reported by the Kan national broadcaster.
It is not known if all of the homes are new units, or retroactive legalizations of homes built without permits.
It is the first Palestinian construction approved in Area C since 2016, according to reports.
Haaretz reported that 6,000 housing units in Jewish West Bank settlements also were approved at the same meeting.
The Security Cabinet approval comes days before the scheduled arrival of White House senior adviser Jared Kushner to discuss the economic component of the U.S. Trump administration’s peace plan. Some settler leaders said in interviews with Israeli media that they believed the decision was due to American pressure.
The projects will still require additional approvals, including from the Civil Administration, which oversees civilian life in the West Bank.