In the first half of 2018 (January-June) advancement of housing units continued at a higher level than in the previous reporting period (July-December 2017). More than 6,000 housing units in the occupied West Bank including East Jerusalem were advanced in different stages of the planning and implementation process. This development will, over several years, enable potentially more than 27,000 Israeli settlers to move to the Occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem.
An important development during the reporting period was the promotion of two plans that would establish two entirely new settlements by authorising illegal outposts and the establishment of a new settlement near Hebron.
Settlements are illegal under international law as reaffirmed by UN Security Council Resolution 2334 (2016), The developments on the ground make the prospect of a two-state solution increasingly unattainable.