Israel Plans Massive Settlement Expansion

Repots say Israel planned to build hundreds of new housing units in occupied East Jerusalem al-Quds as tensions mount in the city over the regime’s settlement works.

Citing the Israeli media, Ma’an news agency reported Wednesday that the Israeli housing ministry plans to build 1,300 new buildings across the Pisgat Ze’ev, Nabi Yakov and Har Homa neighborhoods in East Jerusalem al-Quds.

The plan, however, requires an approval from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who had formerly vowed to continue settlement work in the occupied city "in the same way that has been customary over the last 42 years."

Based on the report, the construction plan has already received support from the regional construction committee and its execution only requires political backing.

Tension has been high in and around Old City in East Jerusalem al-Quds over the rebuilt of Hurva synagogue which was destroyed during the 1948 Middle East war.

Palestinians says the reconstruction is part of an Israeli plot to replace Palestinian mosques and churches with Jewish sites in the city.

(Press TV)

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