The European Union said it was "deeply disappointed" in a statement issued Thursday following Israel's announcement that plans for about 1,500 new homes in West Bank settlements would be going ahead.

"We are deeply disappointed that the Israeli Land Administration has published new tenders
for 1466 housing units in settlements in east Jerusalem and the rest of the West Bank," the statement read. "This move is unhelpful to peace efforts."

"We call on the Israeli authorities to reverse this decision and to direct all their efforts towards an early resumption of the peace talks," it continued.

Plans for an additional 1,800 new buildings were announced on Thursday.

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