A few hours after Egypt delayed a UN Security Council vote on a resolution demanding a halt to settlement activities, Israel declared its intention to expedite the construction of over 300 housing units in east Jerusalem settlements.

Israel to speed construction of over 300 housing units in east J’lem

According to Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper on Thursday, the Israeli district planning and building committee will speed up a plan to build 192 housing units in Ramat Shlomo settlement, 136 others in Ramot settlement, and eight in Beit Hanina.

The UN Security Council on Thursday suspended a vote on a draft resolution demanding Israel to halt its settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territories at the request of Egypt.

Reuters quoted diplomats at the UN as saying that Egypt justified its request for the delay to allow time for consultations with other Arab countries, but no new time or date for the vote was scheduled.

According to these diplomats, Egypt had put forward the resolution on Wednesday evening with the intent of having it put to a vote on Thursday, but following heavy Israeli and US pressure on Egypt’s president Abdul-Fattah al-Sissi, the vote was shelved.