Despite Renewal of Peace Talks Israel Approves Plans for Hundreds of Residential Units in West Bank Settlements

Some 550 units in the settlements of Talmon, 60 in Alon Shvut and 38 in Kokhav Yaakov have been approved, out of a total 878; discussion of some of the plans had been postponed amid renewal of negotiations with the Palestinians.

The Civil Administration, Israel's highest civilian authority in the West Bank, approved construction plans on Wednesday for 878 housing units in isolated settlements across the territory.