Israel authorises another 3000 settler homes in West Bank

Illegally built Israeli settlements in Gilo, West Bank (Justin McIntosh/Wikimedia)

Israel’s Defence Ministry has confirmed 3000 new settler homes will be built in occupied West Bank.

“Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have decided to authorise the construction of 3,000 new housing units in Judea-Samaria,” a defence ministry statement on Tuesday said.

Judea-Samaria is a term Israel uses for the West Bank, a Palestinian territory it has occupied since 1967. This is the fourth such statement Israel has made since US President Donald Trump was inaugurated on 20 January.

Tel Aviv has built 566 housing units in three settlement areas of east Jerusalem and announced the building of 2,502 more in the West Bank. TheseĀ settlements are illegal under international law, with much of the international community seeing them as an obstacle to a two-state solution.