The Housing and Construction Ministry on Sunday published a series of tenders for construction of new housing units, Channel 10 News reported.
The new tenders are for construction of 6,000 new homes, 1,000 of which in the vicinity of Jerusalem. According to the Channel 10 report, 350 units will be built in the hareidi-religious city Beitar Illit, 500 units will be built in Jerusalem’s Har Homa neighborhood and an additional 180 residential units will be built in Givat Zeev.
The tenders come following a Cabinet decision in November to build 2,000 new housing units in Judea and Samaria, as part of sanctions imposed on the Palestinian Authority in response to its acceptance as a ‘full-member state’ to UNESCO.
The PA was quick to condemn the publishing of Sunday's tenders and called upon the international community to intervene.
“This construction goes against all efforts to revive the peace process,” PA Spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh was quoted by Army Radio as having said.
Abu Rudeineh added that Israel’s move comes at a time “when the settlers frequently attack Palestinians and damage their property.”
He was likely referring to last week’s torching of a mosque in the Arab village of Burwa, northwest of Shechem. However, as the villagers attacked Israeli police officers who came to investigate the alleged attack, no evidence was collected to suggest who is behind the fire.