Israel's war minister Naftali Bennett on Sunday gave the green light for the construction of a new settler neighborhood in al-Khalil, the occupied West Bank.
Israeli media sources reported that the new neighborhood is set to create a settler community between the Ibrahimi Mosque and Avraham Avinu neighborhood, and thus doubling the number of settlers in al-Khalil.
The construction of the new neighborhood will entail the demolition of several Palestinian buildings.
The United Nations Security Council on 23 December 2016 adopted Resolution 2334 which called for an immediate halt to the settlement construction activity in the Palestinian territories.
However, the US has announced lately that it no longer considers the settlement construction a violation of international law.