The new housing, which was decided on by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, will be built in six settlements, all of which are included in the settlement blocs that Israel wants to keep under any peace agreement. The settlements in question include Har Gilo, Modi’in Ilit and Ariel.
The construction permits will take effect before the building freeze that Israel is now negotiating with the United States goes into force. But even during this freeze, work will continue on some 2,500 apartments that are currently under construction.
Netanyahu told the ministers of his Likud party on Sunday that an agreement on the partial settlement freeze will be finalized during Mitchell’s upcoming visit to Israel.