Netanyahu green lights 850 housing units in Judea and SamariaThis might discourage the 'Palestinians' from bringing lawsuits to establish ownership of land in Judea and Samaria. Prime Minister Netanyahu has approved the construction of 850 new homes for Jews in Judea and Samaria. 300 are in Beit El, which is where the Ulpana neighborhood is located, and the rest are elsewhere.
Housing and Construction Minister Ariel Atias announced Wednesday evening that his ministry would approve the construction of 551 housing units in the West Bank.If they ever get built.... If these numbers hold up (and YNet is currently reporting that the places that will get new homes are 'Efrat, Gush Etzion and Karnei Shomron'), what would be most impressive is building in Kiryat Arba, which is beyond the 'security fence.' If YNet's formulation is correct, Karnei Shomron is also beyond the fence. And as to Adam (mentioned by JPost in the first link), I would bet that some of those homes are intended to be used by people expelled from Migron when and if that happens.
They will comprise 117 units in Ariel, 92 in Ma'aleh Adumim, 114 in Adam, 114 in Efrat and 84 in Kiryat Arba. The new housing units will be built in addition to the three hundred that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has already promised to build in Beit El following the evacuation of the apartment buildings in the West Bank outpost Ulpana.
This decision was reached in a conversation Wednesday between Netanyahu and Atias.
"Increasing the supply of land helps young couples, and construction in the West Bank strengthens the settlements. Although 30 apartments will be evacuated, 850 will be built instead. Under the circumstances, this is the appropriate solution," said Atias.
What could go wrong?