Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has pledged not to evict any Israeli settlement.
Netanyahu made the pledge on Wednesday when he visited a West Bank settlement.
The Israeli prime minister inaugurated a new promenade in Efrat, a settlement located in the settlement bloc of Gush Etzion, south of Bethlehem.
“No settlement or settler will be uprooted.
“What you’re doing here is forever. (Efrat) is the southern gate to Jerusalem,” he said during the ceremony.
He later wrote on his Facebook page that Israel would build 8,000 new homes for settlers “in the next few years”.
His remarks came a day after the Israeli cabinet gave approval to the construction of 6,000 new homes for Israeli settlers and a rare approval to some 700 Palestinian homes.
The move was made ahead of the expected arrival of U.S. President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, to the region.
Local media reported that Kushner would arrive in Israel later on Wednesday in another diplomatic effort to promote the White House’s peace deal.
The settlements are located in the West Bank and East Jerualem, predominantly Palestinian territories seized by Israel in the 1967 Middle East war.
Israel annexed East Jerusalem and has continued to control it ever since in spite of international criticism.
No fewer than 600,000 Israeli settlers live there now in heavily guarded settlements among about 2.9 million Palestinians, according to Israeli figures.
The Palestinians wish to establish their future state in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip with its capital in East Jerusalem. (Xinhua/NAN)