JERUSALEM (AP) -- An Israeli official says Israel is moving forward with a plan to build nearly 900 new settlement housing units in east Jerusalem.
The plan is in addition to an earlier announcement this week of some 1,200 other settlement homes in the West Bank and east Jerusalem. It comes as Israeli-Palestinian peace talks begin this week.
Efrat Orbach, an Interior Ministry spokeswoman, confirmed Tuesday that approval had been given for expanding the Jewish neighborhood of Gilo. The housing plan, which received initial approval last year, would expand Gilo's boundaries further toward a Palestinian neighborhood.
Orbach said more approvals are needed and it could take years before construction begins.
But Lior Amihai of anti-settlement group Peace Now says the plan needed no further approval and construction could theoretically begin within weeks.