Plans for contentious Har Homa East project advanced in a first under Biden in White House

An Israeli panel advanced plans on Wednesday to construct 540 residential units in a contentious East Jerusalem area of Har Homa.

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Har Homa, a Jewish settlement in the Palestinian-majority East Jerusalem, is located near the city of Bethlehem, West Bank.

Under the plan, it will get a whole new area, dubbed Har Homa East, which would greatly increase its scale.

Together with a planned settlement of Givat HaMatos, they would effectively create a barrier of Jewish areas between Bethlehem and nearby Palestinian districts.

The prospect has long been sought by many right-leaning leaders, but drew fury from the left-leaning groups, who argued that any construction works in the area could make it harder to enshrine East Jerusalem as the Palestinian capital under a two-state solution. Read more at i24