The Times of Israel reports: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman approved on Sunday construction plans for some 800 new housing units in East Jerusalem and the Ma’ale Adumim settlement, as well as hundreds of new homes for an Arab neighborhood of East Jerusalem.
According to the plan, 560 new units will be built in Ma’ale Adumim, a West Bank settlement to the east of the capital, 140 homes were approved for the Jewish East Jerusalem neighborhood of Ramot and 100 for the Har Homa neighborhood, in southeastern Jerusalem.
The Eretz-Israel Knesset lobby, chaired by MK Yoav Kisch (Likud) and Bezalel Smotrich (Jewish Home), welcomed the plans for Ma’ale Adumim and called for the settlement to be made part of Israel. The lobby launched a campaign on Sunday titled “It’s time for sovereignty,” in cooperation with the Ma’ale Adumim municipality.
Netanyahu and Liberman also authorized construction for 600 new homes in the Arab East Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Safafa, a move criticized by the minister for Jerusalem Affairs, Zeev Elkin (Likud).
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