Gaza,(DRAH.ps)-- The Israeli occupation government approved the construction of thousands of settlement units across the occupied West Bank.
Israel’s war minister Avigdor Lieberman said Thursday he requested approval from a planning committee for the building of 2,500 new homes in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.
"The 2,500 new units we'll approve in the planning committee next week are for immediate construction in 2018," Lieberman said in a statement, adding he would also seek the committee's approval for a further 1,400 settlement units for later construction.
"We will promote building in all of Judea and Samaria, from the north to the south, in small communities and in large ones," Lieberman tweeted, using the Biblical names for the West Bank.
"In the coming months we will bring forward thousands more units for approval."
In a Tuesday appeal to the International Criminal Court, the Palestinian foreign ministry called Israeli settlements "the single most dangerous threat to Palestinian lives and livelihoods".