Defense Minister Naftali Bennett announced a plan for thousands of new homes in Efrat on Wednesday.
Fresh construction for Efrat was approved on land that could accommodate “around 7,000 housing units,” Bennett’s office said in a statement. The size of the land in the expansion of the Efrat local council is 1,100 dunams (272 acres).
“The building momentum in the country must not be stopped, even for a second,” wrote Bennett.
The United States has offered to recognize Israeli sovereignty in the Jewish communities in Yehudah and Shomron as part of a proposal President Donald Trump unveiled in February.
The approval for the expansion was obtained after the completion of the required legal proceedings and after Bennett instructed the Commissioner of Governmental and Abandoned Property in Yehudah and Shomron to grant planning permission.
In his decision, Bennett essentially grants permission to the Housing Ministry to plan construction in Givat Eitam, which is within the jurisdiction of the Efrat Local Council.