The Supreme Planning Committee of the Israeli Civil Administration, the Defense Ministry body that oversees civilian affairs in the territories, has approved the construction of 2,166 units in the West Bank, a defense ministry official told AFP.
The approval to build new settlement units comes eight months after the freezing of settlement activity and less than a month after Israel signed two agreements to normalize relations with the UAE and Bahrain.
It is reported that Israel had suspended annexation plans, according to the normalization agreement with the UAE.
The UAE and Bahrain are the third and fourth Arab countries to sign two agreements to normalize relations with Israel, as Egypt (1979) and Jordan (1994) preceded them in this.
The Israeli Prime Minister expects to sign more agreements with other Arab countries.