Israel has approved the construction of 6,000 new homes for Jewish settlers and 700 new homes for Palestinians in an area of the occupied West Bank where it has full control, an Israeli official said on Wednesday.
The announcement for Area C housing came ahead of an expected visit to Israel on Wednesday by U.S. envoy Jared Kushner to discuss a White House plan for an Israeli-Palestinian peace accord.
Area C accounts for around 60 percent of the West Bank.
Under 1993 interim accords, Israel has security and administrative control of the area, where most of its illegal West Bank settlements are concentrated.
The Palestinians want all of the West Bank for a future state.
International law deems the Israeli settlements there illegal, but the United States has hinted that it could back Israel keeping some of the settlements under any future peace accord.
*This story was edited by Ahram Online