After Israeli authorities advanced around 3,000 new West Bank settlement units last week, a rare meeting to advance Palestinian construction has been delayed by a day.
An Israeli security official, speaking anonymously according to protocol, chalks the delay up to “scheduling issues.” Around 1,300 Palestinian construction units were set to be discussed at the meeting, the official says.
The official adds that the meeting is expected to be held tomorrow.
Last week’s settlement homes, the first to be advanced under the Biden administration, sparked widespread condemnation in the international community. Many view Israeli construction in the West Bank as a serious obstacle to the establishment of a Palestinian state.
Under the Oslo Accords, Israel is responsible for administering construction in the West Bank’s Area C, where the agreement allocates it both civilian and security control.
But Israel rarely issues construction permits for Palestinians in Area C. According to Defense Ministry figures, just 21 of the 1,485 Palestinian applications, some 0.81%, were approved between 2016 and 2018.