JERUSALEM, March 9 (Reuters) - Israel announced plans on Tuesday to build 1,600 new Jewish homes in an area of the occupied West Bank it has annexed to Jerusalem, a move likely to draw Palestinian anger during a high-level US visit.
The construction blueprint for Ramat Shlomo neighbourhood, published by Israel's Interior Ministry, could be implemented after a 60-day review period, spokeswoman Efrat Orbach said on the second day of a visit by US Vice President Joe Biden.
The United States welcomed, with reservations, Israel's decision in November to place a 10-month freeze on settlement construction in the West Bank, which along with the Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem, it occupied in a war in 1967.
However, Israel has stressed that the moratorium does not apply to East Jerusalem and adjacent areas of the West Bank which it annexed to create a single municipality of Jerusalem in a move that has not been recognised internationally.
Palestinians want their own state in the West Bank and Gaza with East Jerusalem as its capital.