Israel to approve new housing in east Jerusalem
A general view of Ramat Shlomo. (Photo: Baz Ratner / Reuters)

As Vice President, Biden condemned building of 1,600 housing units in eastern Jerusalem in 2010.

Israel is expected to green light construction of new housing units in the eastern part of Jerusalem before the swearing-in of US President-elect Joe Biden on January 20, public broadcaster Kan reported on Saturday night.

The Defense Ministry unit responsible for authorizing construction of settlements in the West Bank is expected to meet within the next two weeks to move construction projects forward.

The civil administration planning subcommittee could meet as early as Thursday, according to Kan, which did not specify how many housing units are likely to be approved.

But according to the Jerusalem Municipality, the subcommittee is expected to approve the construction of 108 housing units in the Ramat Shlomo neighborhood.

As Vice President of the Obama administration, Biden denounced the construction of 1,600 housing units in eastern Jerusalem in 2010, during a trip to Israel, saying that such an enterprise "undermines the confidence in which we have need and goes against the constructive discussions I have had here."

The senior civil administration planning sub-committee usually meets four times a year. In October, after a seven-month hiatus, the subcommittee approved the construction of more than 5,000 homes in two days.

Several hundred of these approvals were for houses that were already illegally built, but which will be retroactively legalized.

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