The Local Committee for Planning and Construction in the Jerusalem municipality is expected to approve on Wednesday a plan to expand the Israeli settlements of Nof Zion in east Jerusalem, Israeli media reported.
If the plan of constructing new buildings is approved, Nof Zion will be the biggest Israeli settlement in Arab areas of east Jerusalem.
For now, there are 91 housing units in the neighborhood, which is surrounded by the southeastern Arab neighborhood of Jebel Mukaber.
In 1994, the construction of 395 housing units was approved, and in the early 2000s the first phase of the project saw the construction of the current 91 housing units in Nof Zion.
Left-wing NGO Peace Now condemned the future move, saying that the expansion of settlements in east Jerusalem will harm Israel’s international status and will be a big obstacle to achieve the two-state solution.”