Israel has approved over 12,000 West Bank homes in 2020, a record high for Jewish building in occupied Palestinian territory, settlement watchdog Peace Now said Thursday. The announcement came after a defence ministry planning committee approved plans for 4,948 more homes during a two-day meeting held Wednesday and Thursday, Peace Now said. "These approvals make 2020 the highest year on record in terms of units in settlement plans promoted since Peace Now began recording in 2012," Peace Now said in a statement. "The count so far is 12,159 units approved in 2020," it added, noting that the committee might hold another round of approvals before the end of the year. "While de jure annexation may be suspended, the de facto annexation of settlement expansion is clearly continuing," Peace ...read more...