Israel on Tuesday approved the construction of 2,500 housing units in the West Bank, in one of the biggest such announcements in several years.
"We build and continue to build," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wrote on his Twitter feed shortly after the announcement on the homes by Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman.
The new homes, mostly in established settlement blocs, are a further indication that Israel has been emboldened by the new administration in the White House, widely viewed as friendly to settlement activity.
Netanyahu told his security cabinet on Sunday, two days after US President Donald Trump took office, that he was lifting all restrictions on building activity in East Jerusalem, the Haaretz newspaper reported.
The same day, the Jerusalem municipality announced the approval of 566 new housing units for Jewish settlers in East Jerusalem.
"I believe that we are entering a new era, in which we will be able to continue to build and develop the city for the benefit of all residents," said Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat on the weekend.
About 20 of the units announced Tuesday will be built in the Beit El settlement, north of Ramallah, according to Lieberman's statement.
Trump's pick for US ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, serves as the president of Friends of Beit El Institutions, the US fundraising arm of the settlement, the Haaretz newspaper reported earlier this month.
Israeli officials had held off on pro-settlement moves in Obama's final weeks in office for fear of prompting further actions at the UN Security Council.
Top Palestinian Liberation Organization official Hanan Ashrawi decried the new settlement announcement.
"Israel is exploiting the inauguration of the new American administration to escalate its violations and the prevention of any existence of a Palestinian state," she said.
There are more than 200 settlements and outposts in the West Bank.
Tuesday's announcement is one of the highest in years. Israeli officials had last authorized a similar amount in 2012, approving 3,000 units to be built in East Jerusalem and the West Bank.
A resolution condemning settlement activity and demanding that it cease was passed in late December after the US abstained from the vote.
They are seen by Palestinian leaders and the international community as a hurdle to peace talks and the creation of an independent Palestinian state.