Israel approves some 800 new settlement homes ahead of Biden inauguration

Peace Now, European Union blast move, which is seen as being hurried through before new US administration arrives

Construction in the Israeli West Bank settlement of Kiryat Arba, near the city of Hebron, on April 2, 2017. (Wisam Hashlamoun/ Flash90)

Israel approved the construction of almost 800 housing units in West Bank settlements on Sunday, three days before the inauguration of US President-elect Joe Biden, as promised last week by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The Civil Administration said some 780 homes were okayed.

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