The Israeli government has decided to legalise three West Bank settlements built during the 1990s.
The move angered Palestinian officials, who accuse Israel of sabotaging hopes of peace and a two-state solution.
The office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his administration was merely following “the decisions of past governments”.
Israel considers the three areas – Bruchin, Sansana and Rechelim – as legal because they were built with state approval.
Netanyahu also wants to ask Israel’s Supreme Court to delay a May 1st deadline for demolishing apartment buildings in the unauthorised Uplana outpost in the West Bank.
All Israeli settlements are considered illegal by the international community, whether they were built with government backing or not.