Israel says planning to build 6,000 new homes in East Jerusalem after U.S. announcement

JERUSALEM, Dec. 7 (Xinhua) — Israel is planning to build thousands of new homes in Jerusalem, including some 6,000 apartments in East Jerusalem, following Thursday’s announcement by U.S. President Donald Trump that he recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, according to a report from Israeli Hadashot news.

The report said that the plan is being pushed by Housing and Construction Minister Yoav Galant and includes 14,000 new homes in four different neighborhoods in Israel in total.

The report said that all apartments are reported to be entirely new building projects and not a further authorization of previously approved plans.

Trump announced on Wednesday the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and his intention of moving the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

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