The Israeli left-wing NGO Peace Now that opposes the project denounced the extension of the tender and called on Alternate Prime minister and Defense minister Benny Gantz to put a halt to it.
Activists protested in Tel Aviv against the Israeli intent to annex the Jordan Valley and parts of the West Bank on July 1.
Palestinians hold that the portions of the land are private Palestinian property and should never have been allocated as state land.
The announcement comes as liberal pro-Israel groups mount a pressure campaign to influence Washington politicians to speak out against plans in Israel to annex parts of the West Bank.
“We’re applying sovereignty in deeds, not words,” Defense Minister Naftali Bennett said on Monday, as he made a subtle dig at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Peace Now slams cabinet for allocating NIS 40m. for security in settlements.
On its website, Americans for Peace Now has dedicated a page to what it calls “The Friedman File,” in which it documents all the steps Friedman has taken that it believes are harmful.
“By advancing the effective annexation of the West Bank, it undermines the chances for establishing a Palestinian state based on relevant UN resolutions, as part of a negotiated two-state solution.”
Friedman's remarks came in an interview with the New York Times on Friday.
Famous actor appeals for Israeli leaders to make sacrifices for peace.