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(JPost) – The Defense Ministry has approved the construction of 294 new homes in Beitar Illit, the second largest West Bank Jewish city, located in the Gush Etzion settlement bloc.

Although the approval was granted at the end of April, it was first publicized in the last few days, including by Peace Now on Sunday, as part of an overall report on settlement activity.

News of the Beitar Illit units came as Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon traveled to another settlement bloc, Ma’aleh Adumim and called for more building there, particularly in an area known as E-1.

“It’s clear what the significance is of Ma’aleh Adumim is first of all to Jerusalem, and to all of Israel. The future of Ma’aleh Adumim is the same as that of Jerusalem and the state of Israel.”

According to Peace Now, the approvals are part of a number of steps that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has taken to advance West Bank construction since the 10-moratorium on new settlement building in September 2010.

It includes depositing plans both for a religious seminary south of Efrat in January and plans for 86 housing units in the Kiryat Netafim settlement in the Samaria region. Out of those 86 units, 75 have already been built. Once the plans are approved the 75 homes would be legalized.