The Finance Ministry says it has approved a project to build 1,600 homes in Katzrin in the Golan Heights.

The move is part of a plan to fastback building projects in a bid to combat Israel’s housing shortage.

But the approval is likely to draw criticism from the international community, which views the Golan Heights as occupied territory.

Israel captured the Golan from Syria in 1967 and effectively annexed it in 1981, a move not recognized by the international community.

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