Netanyahu reportedly approves housing planning forJewish neighborhoods in eastern Jerusalem

Marcy Oster

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has approved planning for at least 1,000 new housing units in Jewish neighborhoods of eastern Jerusalem, Israeli media are reporting citing unnamed officials.

At least 600 of the apartments will be in Ramat Shlomo and 400 in Har Homa, according to reports.  The approval is only for the planning of the housing units, not the building of them.

Netanyahu also reportedly ordered the advancement of infrastructure projects in Jewish settlements in the West Bank including the paving of roads, which will serve both Israelis and Palestinians.

Reports of the approvals, which the Prime Minister’s Office has not officially announced or commented  on, come a day after Israel’s Channel 2 reported that the government is planning to build 2,000 more housing units in settlement blocs in the West Bank. Those plans, as well as those to improve infrastructure in the West Bank, reportedly are to appease Netanyahu’s coalition partner, the Jewish Home party.