Israel to invite bids to build over 1,000 settler homes in West Bank
JERUSALEM (AFP) - Israel is inviting bids to build over 1,000 settler homes in the West Bank, including east Jerusalem, the Housing Ministry said on Sunday, ahead of peace talks with the Palestinians.
"Tenders will be published" later in the day for 793 units in annexed east Jerusalem and 394 elsewhere in the West Bank, the ministry said in a statement, three days before the next round of talks.
Housing Minister Uri Ariel, of the far-right Jewish Home party, dismissed international criticism of settlement building on occupied Palestinian land as illegal and an obstacle to peace.
"No country in the world accepts diktats from other countries on where it is allowed to build or not," he said in the statement.