Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Tuesday that the Supreme Planning Committee for Judea and Samaria, which he heads, will be approving 1,285 new housing units in West Bank settlements.

West Bank settlement

West Bank settlement Photo credit: Noam Moshkovitz, Flash 90

Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman is expected to approve the construction of about 1,285 new homes in West Bank settlements on Wednesday.

According to reports, about 2,500 additional housing units in settlements are in 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.

This comes amid growing tensions along the southern border in recent weeks.