Israel said planning to advance settlement building before Biden enters office

Israel is expected to green-light settlement construction ahead of the inauguration of US President-elect Joe Biden, the Kan public broadcaster reports.

The Defense Ministry body responsible for authorizing settlement construction is expected to convene in the next two weeks — for the first time since the November US election — to advance plans for building in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, the report says.

The Civil Administration’s High Planning Subcommittee could meet as soon as Thursday, according to the report, which did not specify how many settlement houses were up for approval.