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Washington Wants Jerusalem to Reverse its Land Decision

U. S. Ambassador Power says the U.S. is ‘deeply concerned by the reports of Israel’s expanded settlement activity over the last few days.’

By Gil Ronen


The United States’ UN Ambassador, Samantha Power, said Wednesday that Washington is “deeply concerned” by Israel’s decision to turn 4,000 dunams of land in the Etzion Bloc region into state land.

The United States' UN Ambassador, Samantha Power - Screenshot

The United States’ UN Ambassador, Samantha Power – Screenshot


The US “position on settlement activity is very well known,” she told reporters. “We have long made clear our opposition to settlement activity. We’re deeply concerned by the reports of expanded settlement activity over the last few days, and we call on the Government of Israel to reverse its decision. Continue Reading »

IDF Radio Report: White House Demands Settlement Freeze

US negotiation team is set to force Israel to stop selling housing to Jews outside the recognized large settlement blocs, according to IDF Radio.

By Gil Ronen


The US team in the negotiations for peace between Israel and the “Palestinians” has demanded that Israel agree to an “informal” freeze of settlement activity outside the large settlement blocs, according to IDF Radio. The freeze will go into effect immediately after the signing of a framework agreement.

Israel will have to commit not to approve plans for housing, or market housing units, outside the large Jewish population concentrations in Judea and Samaria. Continue Reading »

Jerusalem advances building plans for 642 new homes


Israel maintains that there is no relationship between settlement building & the peace process. Building new homes is the natural process of growth & prosperity.



Israel this week advanced plans for 642 new settler homes in the West Bank as an Israeli delegation was in Washington to discuss the peace process with US Secretary of State John Kerry.

A construction worker working on a new housing unit in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Har Homa, which the EU considers illegal [Archive] – Photo: AP

The Palestinians have insisted that continued settlement activity is destroying the peace process and the US has repeatedly said that it is not helpful. Continue Reading »

Netanyahu Angry over EU ‘Hypocrisy’ on Settlements while ignoring Arab Incitement

After Israeli envoys in Europe were called to explain new settlement construction, Netanyahu quips, ‘When did the EU summon the Palestinian ambassadors over their incitement calls for Israel’s destruction?’

By Gil Ronen and AFP


Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu slammed the European Union Thursday for summoning envoys over recently unveiled plans for some 1,800 new homes for Jews in the ancient Jewish capital of Jerusalem, and the Biblical heartland of Judea and Samaria.

“This is hypocrisy. The EU calls our ambassadors in because of the construction of a few houses? When did the EU call in the Palestinian ambassadors about incitement that calls for Israel’s destruction?” Continue Reading »

Unemployment in Israel at all time record low


Israel’s unemployment reaches a record low of 5.5%, according to govt’s Central Bureau of Statistics.

Housing prices rise by 9.4% this past year, making a cumulative jump of 77.4% since 2008.

Rent prices climb an average of 17% since January 2011.

By Zeev Klein


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Abbas threatens int’l legal action against settlement construction


Just one day before Kerry’s return to Mid-East, PA President Abbas condemns Israeli settlement construction in West Bank & Jerusalem, saying ‘We will not remain silent as the settlement cancer continues to spreads’


Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas threatened diplomatic and legal action against the “cancer” of Israeli settlement building, a day ahead of a visit by US Secretary of State John Kerry.

Abbas with Kerry (Photo: AP)

Abbas with Kerry – Photo: AP

“We will not remain patient as the settlement cancer spreads, especially in (east) Jerusalem, and we will use our right as a UN observer state by taking political, diplomatic and legal action to stop it,” he said during a speech in Ramallah to mark the 49th anniversary of the founding of the Fatah party. Continue Reading »

IDF to relocate it’s personnel towards peripheral areas


Army source reports that once the IDF command relocates most of its bases to sites outside the country’s center, 100,000 housing units can be built on vacated land.



The IDF is poised to launch the first phase of its move out of greater Tel Aviv. It’s a move that, when completed, would eventually see almost all bases and complexes move to the South, North, and around the Center of the country.

Photo: Good morning from #Israel.

IDF soldiers on patrol – Photo courtesy: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit

When complete, some 1,100 hectares (2,718 acres) will be vacated, enabling the construction of 100,000 housing units and 2.5 million sq.m. Continue Reading »

Finance Committee Just Doubled Monthly Tax On Empty Apartments Brginning 1-1-2014

New monthly tax hikes unanimously approved on roughly 47,000 empty apartments.

Heavy taxation to encourage renting or selling, to help alleviate national housing crisis.

By Ari Yashar, Arutz Sheva Staff


On Monday, the Finance Committee unanimously approved the application of doubled real estate tax (arnona) on empty apartments, of which there are an estimated 47,000 units.

According to the new law, an apartment will be considered empty if unused for 9 consecutive months, or 9 cumulative months in the real estate tax fiscal year, from January 1 till December 31. The new rules will come into effect starting January 1, 2014. Continue Reading »

Israel’s Housing Minister: Jerusalem will Keep Negotiating – and Building

Uri Ariel calls PA Abbas’ threats to leave negotiations if Jerusalem continues more building in Judea and Samaria, “nonsense.”

By Tova Dvorin


Housing Minister Uri Ariel (Jewish Home) revealed Tuesday in an interview with Arutz Sheva Radio that he will keep plans to build over 20,000 housing units in Judea and Samaria on the agenda, calling the Palestinian Authority’s threats to quit negotiations “nonsense.”

“Whoever thinks we should engage in negotiations with them, can engage in negotiations with them,” Ariel stated, “but we will continue to build in Jerusalem – and that’s the way it has to be.”

MK Ariel participated Monday in a joint tour of the Neot Kedumim Nature Reserve with economics and real estate moguls, which included a night tour and lighting a hanukkiah. Continue Reading »

White House demands Israel explain 20,000 new West Bank homes


U.S. State Dept. expressed ‘deep concern’ over newest construction tenders, saying White House does ‘not recognize the legitimacy of settlements.’

And once again, Palestinian President Abbas threatens to call off peace talks.


The U.S. State Department said it is “deeply concerned” by Israel’s  announcement over the tenders issued for the construction of 20,000 new settlement units in the West Bank and that it is demanding explanations from Israel.

Construction in Har Homa - AP

Construction in Har Homa. – Photo: AP

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said that Washington was taken by surprise and had no prior knowledge of the plans. Continue Reading »

Following release of terrorists Israel announces building new homes


Israel faces widespread condemnation for its announcement of new housing in Jewish towns. 1,500 new housing units approved for construction.

PA: “Continued settlement construction may lead political process to a deadlock.”

By Shlomo Cesana, Yoni Hirsch & Daniel Siryoti


Israel is facing widespread criticism over its decision to approve settlement construction in Judea and Samaria following Tuesday night’s release of Palestinian prisoners.

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New Apartment to Buy up 72% since 2007


Israel’s recent Central Bureau of Statistics figures show highest rise in housing prices happened in 2009. The actual number of Israelis living in apartment they own remains stable over past 40 years.

Yaron Druckman

Apartment prices in Israel went up by 72% from 2007 to 2012, according to figures released Sunday by the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). The sharpest annual rise in housing prices was 21% – from March 2009 to March 2010.

It takes the equivalent of 135 monthly salaries to buy a home in Israel. – HAARETZ.com

According to the figures, from 2000 to 2006 apartment prices in Israel dropped 12%. Continue Reading »

Outrageous Tel Aviv prices : 2-room apt. sold for $1.3m


A New Zealand artist paid NIS 4.7M ($1.3 million) for a 60 sq-meter flat in luxurious residential tower near neighborhood of Neve Tzedek.

Huge apartment on Hayarkon Street bought for as much as $22.5 million

Ofer Petersburg


The real estate bubble in Israel is breaking new records: How much would you pay for a two-room apartment in Tel Aviv, measuring 60 square meters (645 square feet) in size?

Penthouse at Neve Tzedek project. Armani design (Simulation: ArcDeco)

An apartment on the 16th floor of the White City Tower, bordering on the southwestern neighborhood of Neve Tzedek, was sold recently for NIS 4.7 million (about $1.3 million), or NIS 78,000 ($21,400) per square meter. Continue Reading »

PA Threatens to Sue Israel in Int’l Court Over Building New Homes

Contrary to the spirit of making peace with Israel,  Palestinian Authority member is threatening to sue Israel over building plans they were informed about prior to the commencement of negotiations.

By Ari Soffer


The Palestinian Authority threatened Wednesday to sue Israel through international bodies if it continues expanding Jewish communities in Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem, warning that they would put an end to talks unless building in Jewish areas came to a halt.

“These are not just dots on a map,” PLO (Palestinian Liberation Organization) executive committee member Hanan Ashrawi said of more than 2,000 new Jewish homes which were approved for construction ahead of a resumption of peace negotiations late last month. Continue Reading »

Dispite Public Outcries Abbas & Kerry Knew in Advance of Israel’s Building Plans


US Secretary of State admitted in a press conference in Brazil, that from the very start, Netanyahu had been “completely up front” about Israel’s building plans.

By Ari Soffer



US Secretary of State John Kerry revealed Tuesday that he and PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas were fully aware that the Israeli government intended to continue building in parts of Judea and Samaria which “will not affect the peace map” when the decision was made to restart talks.

Kerry and Abbas – AFP photo

As such, despite the “outcry” by the Palestinian Authority, Abbas is still committed to talks with Israel over the next nine months, he said. Continue Reading »