Israel’s high court on Tuesday issued a ruling allowing construction in newly built settlements in the West Bank.
The court ruled in favor of the state of Israel, which has been pushing to build settlements and is seeking to re-zone the area.
The decision was not immediately available.
The construction of the new settlements in Judea and Samaria, in particular, is seen as one of the most significant changes in the settlements’ development in decades.
In a statement, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said the ruling was “a victory for the Palestinians and a victory for Israel, the state that fought the world and the world will always defend.”
The government is seeking new construction permits for all settlements and has been pressing for a new agreement with the United States to limit the number of units the Israeli military can build in the area, which Israel considers part of its pre-1967 sovereignty.
It has also pressed for a temporary halt on construction in the Golan Heights, a border area that is controlled by Israel.
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has worsened since a long-running conflict in the region.
In July, the United Nations Security Council approved a resolution that called for the establishment of a Palestinian state, an idea that has been supported by Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Syria and the United Arab Emirates.
It also condemned Israel for building settlements in territory it captured in the 1967 war.
Israel captured the territories in the war.
The U.S. government has said the settlements pose a security threat to the United State.
The ruling in favor.says that the construction of new settlements will be restricted to “the settlement blocs which are defined by their geographic location and the specific location of the proposed project.”
The ruling is an appeal of a July ruling by the Israel Antiquities Authority, which ruled that a new settlement should not be built near the site of a Jewish cemetery.
The new settlement must be “of a design and size that will be safe and environmentally sound,” the authority said.
It added that “a design for a large project must be approved by the Minister of Agriculture and Urban Development and approved by a third party responsible for the area.”
The court also ordered the authorities to remove “any building materials, including buildings, structures, fences, fences and other materials that may cause an ecological disturbance” and to establish a system for “reviewing the permits and environmental impact assessment.”
The development is in violation of the 1967 peace accords, which stipulate that the Palestinian territories must be part of an independent state.
In response, Palestinians have vowed to go on a year-long strike in solidarity with the new settlement construction.
“We will not give in to the Israeli occupation,” Abbas said at a rally in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron on Tuesday.
“If the Israelis want us to continue with the occupation, then let us continue the struggle,” he said.