Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has recommended that plans for the construction of 1,000 housing units beyond the Green Line be pushed forward, Israeli media reported.
The plans call for the construction of some 400 units in the southeast neighborhood of Har Homa, and 600 homes in Ramat Shlomo, located in the northeast.
Netanyahu is also expected to push forward various infrastructure projects in Judea and Samaria, including roads that will serve both the Israeli and Palestinian population.
The prime minister’s authorization comes after Israel’s Channel 2 reported on Sunday night that Netanyahu was in the midst of negotiations with right-wing politicians and other officials over increased construction in Judea and Samaria.
One plan being negotiated in a development project that includes 2,000 new housing units, 12 new roads, student villages, parks and a major renovation of the Cave of the Patriarchs in Jerusalem.
Despite the fact that Israel considers East Jerusalem as part of its capital, the international community has consistently condemned Israel for any type of construction in the area.
Critics have called construction in East Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria detrimental to all peace efforts with the Palestinians
Earlier in October, the US criticized Israel for approving plans in the Givat Hamatos area that had been in development for several years. Washington said that the East Jerusalem construction would “poison the atmosphere” and distance Israel “from even its closest allies.”