The Palestinian Authority (PA) has proposed new construction permits for several Palestinian neighborhoods, which are mostly located in East Jerusalem.
The proposals are part of the PA’s push to secure international recognition of the Jewish state, which it wants for the whole of the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
The new developments come amid an ongoing conflict in the West, where Palestinians have faced Israel for nearly two decades, and have continued to demand their right to return to their homes and properties.
Palestinians in East Eidskirk, near the Israeli settlement of Maale Adumim, say they have been trying to secure permits for the construction of new housing since the beginning of the conflict.
According to the plan, the Palestinian Authority will build 2,300 new housing units in the area.
However, a statement from the Palestinian Development Ministry said the proposed projects would be based on local requirements.
The Ministry’s statement added that the new developments would be built “at a cost of at least $1.5 billion,” with most of the funds going to the area’s Arab and Palestinian residents.
While the proposed development proposals come on the heels of a successful Israeli project to build a new housing complex in East Hebron, the new development plans do not include the area where the project is being proposed.
The Palestinian initiative comes as tensions between Israel and the Palestinian-led Palestinian Authority are escalating.
On Sunday, Israeli police arrested a Palestinian who allegedly attempted to stab an Israeli woman near the West Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Jala.
On Tuesday, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas announced plans to launch a boycott of Israeli products and institutions, including the Israeli army.
The move came amid the announcement that Israeli forces have launched more than 2,500 raids in the Palestinian territories.