By KEVIN BETHELISKEThe Israeli government is now planning to build two new homes on top a mine in the West Bank and is using its existing land for the construction of the homes, Israeli news reports said on Thursday.
The news comes after Israel’s cabinet approved plans to construct a new house on the land of the former West Bank outpost of Yitzhar, which is about 400 meters (1,400 feet) below the ground.
The cabinet approved a draft legislation that will pave the way for the development of 2,600 housing units, which will be built on an existing hillside in the area, the Walla news website reported.
The new houses will have a total of 7,800 units, including 5,000 units on each floor.
The homes will have different design elements, including a roof made from reinforced concrete, the news site said.
The government has also agreed to allow construction of an extension of the mine, to the south of the existing village, the report said.
It added that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will be the main reason behind the decision to build the homes.
The houses will be constructed in a number of ways, including underground structures, under concrete or stone structures and on top or on top-to-bottom structures.
The construction of new homes in the Yitzhars’ new village is part of a larger plan to improve living conditions for the Palestinians living in the settlement of Maale Adumim, located in the occupied West Bank.
The village is about 200 kilometers (124 miles) south of Ramallah in the south Hebron Hills.
The government has proposed to demolish about 1,000 homes in order to build homes for the Palestinian residents.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is scheduled to hold talks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday.
The plan is the latest in a series of moves by the Israeli authorities to improve the living conditions of the Palestinians, who are often denied land for decades in a bid to avoid a two-state solution.
Israel, which has occupied the West for nearly 70 years, annexed the West’s eastern sector in 1967.
Palestinians want to build their own state in the territory, which was captured in the 1967 Six-Day War.