Netanyahu at Cabinet meeting
Netanyahu at Cabinet meetingAMIT SHABI/POOL

The government is expected to announce a dramatic decision today (Sunday) which would greatly reduce the amount of time it takes for a construction project to move from announcement to construction in Judea and Samaria.

Under the new regulations, the approval process will be reduced to just two stages from the current six stages.

The new regulations come as the Supreme Planning Council is set to approve the construction of over 4,500 housing units in Judea and Samaria today.

Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich said: "The construction boom in Judea and Samaria and in all parts of our country continues. As we promised, today we are advancing the construction of thousands more new units in Judea and Samaria. Judea and Samaria residents are ceasing to be second-class citizens and the natural development in settlements is being reflected in construction and expansion."

"I thank Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Yoav Gallant for their cooperation. I would also like to thank the staff of the Settlement Administration at the Ministry of Defense and the Planning Office for their hard and determined work. G-d willing, we will continue to develop the settlements and strengthen the Israeli hold on the territory," Smotrich said.