US asks Israel to stop settlement construction pending Biden visit

The White House sent a message to Israel on Friday, stating that it must refrain from approving the construction of the new housing units in West Bank settlements, N12 reported. The Higher Planning Council for Judea and Samaria is set to convene next week and announce the decision regarding the construction of thousands of housing units across Judea and Samaria.

The White House message was conveyed in talks between at least three different American parties and senior Israeli officials in Israel. According to one source speaking with N12, the White House even conditioned President Biden's visit to Israel next month on the issue of the West Bank construction.

Despite this, the Higher Planning Council will convene in the next 10 days, and an announcement regarding their final decision on the matter is expected to soon be made public.

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