An Israeli committee was on Wednesday to approve construction of 500 new homes in the West Bank settlement of Shilo and retroactively legalise more than 200 built without permits, a spokesman said.
The committee "will meet today to approve construction of 500 units," civil administration spokesman Guy Inbar told AFP, confirming that more than 200 homes, some in a nearby settler outpost, would be legalised "for humanitarian reasons."
The United States on Tuesday criticized a recently declared Israeli plan to subsidize construction in several West Bank settlements with a top US official calling the move "unconstructive." This would see the subsidization of 550 communities in addition to 70 West Bank settlements.
A spokesperson of Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu claimed that such the incentive for such a move is "meant to encourage positive migration to these communities".