Israeli occupation is planning to build 46,000 new settlement units in the occupied West Bank, an Israeli minister said on Tuesday.
“I instructed the ministry's planning teams to prepare plans to expand communities in Judea and Samaria (West Bank),” Israeli Minister of Construction and Housing Yifat Shasha Biton said in statements.
“We currently have plans to build 46,000 housing units,” he added. “This number will increase three times after the implementation of the deal of the century.”
Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu approved building 3,500 new settlement units in area E1, which lies between occupied Jerusalem and West Bank.
On Monday, Israeli and American crews began working on delineating the West Bank maps to define the areas that Israel would annex as part of US President Donald Trump's deal of the century.
The plan unilaterally annuls previous UN resolutions on the Palestinian issue and has drawn criticism for giving Israel almost everything it has sought while giving Palestinian demands short shrift.
International law views the West Bank and East Jerusalem as occupied territories and considers all Israeli settlement-building activity illegal.