The Israeli government, headed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, is set to approve 850 new housing units in illegal settlements, built on stolen Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank, this week.

According to Israel's Channel Seven, the government led by Netanyahu intends to approve 500 units in the settlements of Itamar, Shaf Shomron, Uranit, Beit El and Givat Ze'ev.

250 units will also be approved in Nofei Nehemia Colony, with an additional 100 units awaiting final approval.

Netanyahu and his right-wing coalition partners are trying to speed up approval of new colonies before the outgoing US President D. Trump leaves office, especially before the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.
The Israeli colonies in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including in and around the capital, Jerusalem, are illegal under international law, the Fourth Geneva Convention, as well as various UN and Security Council resolutions.

Security Council and United Nations General Assembly resolutions condemned all forms of Israeli policies in the occupied Palestinian territories, whether they confiscate Palestinian lands for various military purposes, build Israeli colonies, build bypass roads, or otherwise.