Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered to advance the construction of hundreds of housing units in the West Bank. In total, the construction of 800 houses will includee over 200 units in the city of Rehelim and the outpost of Nofei Nehemia, as well as 100 in Tel Menashe.
In addition, Netanyahu ordered the submission of applications to the Higher Planning Council for the approval of construction of additional 400 housing units in the settlements of Beit El, Eviatar, Shavei Shomron, Shikun Vatikim, Barkan, Karnei Shomron and Givat Zeev.
In January 2020, Netanyahu said his Cabinet was planning to proceed to officially annex 30% of the West Bank in accordance with US President Donald Trump’s peace plan. However, later, Israel agreed to suspend the annexation after agreeing to a US-brokered diplomatic normalization deal with the United Arab Emirates.