The number of new homes under construction in Jewish settlements on the Israel-occupied West Bank rose last year by 40 per cent, the Peace Now anti-settlements watchdog says.

The Israeli group said the construction of 3100 “residential units” began last year in West Bank settlements, while 4485 tenders for construction there and in east Jerusalem settlement districts were launched in 2014 – “a record high for at least a decade”. Of the 3100 units, 287 were in so-called…