Israel has greenlighted plans for over 8,000 new homes in the West Bank, with over a third for “immediate” construction, the defense minister revealed on Sunday, making it the largest expansion of Jewish settlements in the area in 25 years. According to Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, 3,651 settlements were approved last week, Haaretz reports.

The minister noted that “What we’ve approved on June 6 and 7 is the maximum that can be approved.” Plans for 8,345 new housing units have been approved by the Israeli authorities so far this year, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency writes, citing Liebermann. Out of these, 3,066 have been given final approval and will soon be built. “The numbers for the first half of 2017 are the highest since 1992,” Lieberman said, as cited by local media and news agencies. READ MORE