US ‘deeply disturbed’ by new West Bank construction announcement

Israel on Sunday authorized the construction of more than 4,500 new homes in various Jewish settlements.

The United States on Sunday criticized Israel’s decision to allow the construction of more than 4,500 new housing units in various Jewish settlements in the West Bank. The US State Department said it was “deeply concerned” by the move and expressed concern over changes to Israel’s settlement administration system, which would speed up the construction approval process by reducing six steps to two.

In a statement, US State Department spokesman Matthew Miller said, “The United States has long opposed unilateral actions that make a two-state solution more difficult and stand in the way of peace. We call on the Israeli government to respect the commitments it made in Aqaba, Jordan and Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, and to engage in dialogue for further expansion.” Start again.”

The new housing units were approved after the Supreme Planning Council for the West Bank released its agenda on Sunday morning. These projects are in addition to around 10,000 units approved in the previous meeting of the Supreme Planning Commission. Thus, more housing starts have been approved in the six months to 2023 than in the other half of the last decade.

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Ahmed Garabli/AFPThis photo taken on May 10, 2022 shows construction work in the Kivat Zeev settlement in Judea and Samaria near Jerusalem.

In February, Israel had already announced plans to build 9,000 new homes in the West Bank, drawing criticism from Washington.

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