Israel responds to the UN recognition of Palestine by approving new homes in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria. Palestinian Authority outraged.
Less than 24 hours after the United Nations voted to recognize the Palestinian Authority as a non-member observer state, Israel has responded by approving construction of new Jewish homes.
On Friday afternoon, the forum of nine senior ministers approved the construction of 3,000 housing units in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria.
In addition, the nine ministers decided to promote the building of thousands of housing units in Jerusalem and in the so-called ‘settlement blocs’, including the area known as E1 and which connects Jerusalem and Maale Adumim.
A senior diplomatic source said, according to a Channel 2 News report, that “continued construction is done according to Israel’s strategic interests.” The source added that additional measures to respond to the PA’s unilateral move are currently being considered.
As expected, PA officials reacted with anger to the Israeli decision.
“It is an act of Israeli aggression against a state, and the world needs to take up its responsibilities,” PLO official Hanan Ashrawi told AFP.