Israel Approves 382 New Homes in West Bank Settlements

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The so-called civil administration “Israeli occupation authorities” has agreed to build hundreds of settlement units in West Bank settlements as well as to legitimize two new settlement outposts, Israeli media reported Wednesday.

Israeli occupation authorities approved  construction of 382 new housing units in the West Bank settlement, some in relatively isolated settlements.

The Israeli newspaper Haaretz confirmed that this is the final approval necessary for construction, which can begin without delay.

According to the newspaper, the Israeli occupation authorities discussed plans for the construction of several hundred other settlement units, but still need more permits from the Supreme Planning Council.

In addition, plans were submitted Wednesday to expand the settlement neighborhood in Kiryat Netafim by approving the construction of 84 housing units Building 29 housing units in the Otnil settlement and 52 units in Beit El, as these plans are awaiting further approvals.

The council also discussed the planning of hundreds of new housing units in Adam settlement (also known as Geva Binyamin). Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman vowed to build 400 new units there following the murder of Yotam Ovadia at this settlement last month.

West Bank Settlements Council” Yesha”, an umbrella organization of municipal councils of Israeli settlements, expressed its disappointment of the approval of “such few” new housing units. “This is a scant number of housing units, the smallest to have been approved in the past 18 months,” the Yseha Council said.

Previously, the Council said, “the number of building permits was between 2,000 and 3,000 housing units, which was also a relatively small number compared to the total number of permits in the entire country, that stands at tens of thousands of housing units.”