Israeli officials have given final approval for 558 new apartments in Jewish settlements in East Jerusalem.
Jerusalem city council said its planning committee approved building permits in three neighbourhoods.
The units are to be erected on land Israel captured in the 1967 Middle East war and later annexed, a move not recognised internationally.
Settlements built there are considered illegal under international law, though Israel disputes this.
‘Provocation’Building permits were granted for the neighbourhoods of Har Homa, Neve Yaakov and Pisgat Zeev, according to the city council.
Palestinian officials said the decision undermined fragile US-brokered peace talks, which resumed in July.
“Israel is engaging in the deliberate provocation of the Palestinians, to drive them to leave…
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