A government committee on Thursday approved the construction of 1,122 new housing units in various West Bank settlements, triggering criticism from left-wing sources.

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The Israeli government on Thursday approved the construction of more than 1,100 homes in West Bank settlements.

The move followed an announcement made earlier this week by Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman that 1,285 new housing units would be approved on Wednesday by the Supreme Planning Committee for Judea and Samaria, which he heads. He also said that about 2,500 additional housing units in 20 settlements are in their advanced planning stages.

“We’ve promised to approve construction in Judea and Samaria several times every year and we are keeping our word,” Lieberman said.

Peace Now, a left-wing NGO, said, according to The Independent, that the government “is trying to destroy the possibility of a two-state solution and the prospect of peace by building more and more in the settlements. This agenda runs counter to Israel’s national interest, as well as the interests of everyone who seeks a peaceful future in the region.”