Israel plans to approve the construction of 850 settlement units across the occupied West Bank, the news media reported Monday.

Iran Press/Middle East: An Israeli regime panel is set to green-light the construction at a meeting next week, which includes 500 houses in the West Bank settlements of Itamar, Beit El, Shavei Shomron, Oranit, and Givat Ze'ev.

According to the Kan public broadcaster, the project also includes more than 100 units in the settlement of Tal Menashe, north of the West Bank.

The order to advance the illegal constructions comes ten days before US President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration.

Israeli opposition politician Yair Lapid described the settlement plans as "irresponsible" and warned they would create new divisions with Biden's administration, which takes office on 20 January.

Last year, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo became the first US diplomat to visit a West Bank settlement, which is considered illegal by international law.

He also announced that goods from illegal settlements would be labeled "Made in Israel" in the US, in a change from protocol which called for them to be labeled as settlement goods.

Israel occupied the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem al Quds, in 1967.

Currently, more than 450,000 Israelis live in settlements in the territory, home to more than 2.8 million Palestinians.