Israel has decided to lift restrictions on building new illegal Jewish settlements in East Jerusalem.

In a statement after security cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel can build as much Jewish settlements in East Jerusalem as it wants.

Netanyahu further said he also intends to allow start of building the settlements in west bank.

Meanwhile, Palestinian Presidential spokesman Nabil Abu Rdainah has strongly condemned the Israeli decision to approve building permits for more than 560 Jewish housing units in three East Jerusalem settlements.