Israel real estate agent say sense of danger for Diaspora Jews is manifested in a sharp increased demand for home purchases throughout Israel, “We sold three apartments to foreign Jews this week alone. One from Russia, one from France, and another from Britain.”
Global anti-Semitism is rearing its head, and Jews in Europe are starting to be afraid to wear kippot in public. Meanwhile, US synagogues are turning into sites of bloodbaths. The sense of insecurity many Diaspora Jews are feeling is prompting them to invest in homes in Israel, whether as part of a plan to make aliyah or out of a desire to have a safe haven in place. Continue Reading »
Defense Minister Lieberman announced his plans to seek approval from regional planning board for the immediate construction of 2,500 family units and another 1400 units for a later date, divided out across 30 ‘large & small’ communities throughout Judea and Samaria.
By Yoav Zitun and Reuters
In a press statement, Lieberman said a regional planning board would be asked to designate 2,500 of the housing units for immediate construction, and another 1,400 to follow.
Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman – Screenshot from Facebook video
Lieberman will ask The Higher Planning Council in Judea and Samaria to promote planning procedures in more than 30 communities throughout the West Bank. Continue Reading »
Israel’s National Security Council warned that the Hague is planning to open an investigation on Israel’s actions during the 2014 Gaza conflict with Hamas and the construction of Jewish homes in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria.
By David Rosenberg
The International Criminal Court in The Hague is planning on investigating Israeli leaders over construction in eastern Jerusalem, the expansion of Israeli towns in Judea and Samaria, as well as the 2014 conflict with Hamas, Operation Protective Edge.
According to a report by Channel 10 Monday evening, the Israeli National Security Council warned Israeli lawmakers in the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee that the international court is planning on opening an investigation later this year into the 2014 war with Hamas, as well Jewish housing projects in Judea and Samaria. Continue Reading »
With the Trump administration recognizing Jewish construction has not been the reason for lack of peace, Israel approves plans for new home building in West Bank, so now the EU Foreign Service reiterates their objection to the ‘illegal Jewish settlements’ and the Palestinian envoy to the UN said Israel’s gov’t ‘opposes peace, disregards international law.’
– Meanwhile EU & UN ignore PA & Hamas’ reconciliation, with Hamas sworn to destroy Israel.
By Elisha Ben Kimon
Israel must halt new building plans for settler homes in the West Bank, the European Union’s Foreign Service said in a statement on Wednesday, warning that such settlements threaten any future peace deal with the Palestinians. Continue Reading »
Although, PM Netanyahu is under pressure from the Trump administration to constrain settlement activity, Israeli officials say the government intends to advance 3,736 new homes, as a White House official related, “The administration recognizes that past demands for a settlement freeze have not helped advance peace talks.”
Building Jewish homes in jerusalem – Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP
“President Trump has publicly and privately expressed his concerns regarding settlements, and the administration has made clear that unrestrained settlement activity does not advance the prospect for peace,” a White House official told The Jerusalem Post.Continue Reading »
After reaching an understanding with Trump officials, the White House will no longer makes distinctions between major towns & isolated settlements such as Hebron, and Jerusalem can announce approved Jewish housing plans in the West Bank every 3-4 months, rather than every few weeks.
By Yuval Karni and Elisha Ben-Kimon
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has approved the construction of over 3,800 homes in the major settlement blocs in the West Bank, but also in isolated settlements and at the Jewish settlement in Hebron.
Netanyahu & Trump – Photo: Kobi Gideon/PMO
The decision was made after an agreement was reached in principle with the Trump administration allowing Israel to approve massive construction in the disputed territories once every three or four months on average, instead of once every few weeks.; Continue Reading »
PM Netanyahu gave a thumb’s-up to the Jerusalem planning and construction committee for processing the approval of 7,000 homes in Jewish neighborhoods in and around Jerusalem.
Arutz Sheva Staff
The Prime Minister’s Office gave a green light to the planning and building committee in Jerusalem to discuss the approval of some 7,000 housing units in neighborhoods beyond the so-called ‘Green Line.’
According to the publication in Yisrael Hayom,there are about 3,500 housing units in Gilo, another about 2,200 in Har Homa, 900 in Pisgat Zeev, 500 in Ramat Shlomo and another 100 in Ramot.
Building Jewish homes in Jerusalem – Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP
Following the decision of the Prime Minister’s Office, the approval of more than 7,000 of these housing units, which were not recently promoted, will be accelerated so that they may begin construction on them. Continue Reading »
Breaking away from 50 years of the same ineffectual response to Jewish homes being built in Israel, the current State Department had no condemnation for Jerusalem’s approval of 2,600 new homes planned in Judea and Samaria – effectually ending a redundant White House policy.
By David Rosenberg
The Trump administration refrained from condemning Israel’s approval for 2,600 new housing units in Judea and Samaria this week, signaling a significant policy shift in Washington.
While every administration over the past half a century, from Lyndon Johnson through Barack Obama, has chastised Israel for the construction of civilian housing units in Judea and Samaria, the Trump White House made no comment as the first housing permits issued since the January 20th inauguration were approved. Continue Reading »
WATCH Interview: Former US Ambassador to the UN John Bolton says, “the notion that Jews can’t buy property in the Old City, in Jerusalem, in any of the former British Mandate, frankly, is unacceptable.”
By Eliran Baruch
Former US Ambassador to the U John Bolton spoke to Arutz Sheva about Jewish rights in Jerusalem at the annual dinner of American Friends of Ateret Cohanim Jerusalem Monday night.
“I think it’s a basic human right” for Jews to purchase homes from Arabs in Jerusalem, Ambassador Bolton said. “As long as you have a willing seller and a willing buyer, the notion that Jews can’t buy property in the Old City, in Jerusalem, in any of the former British Mandate, frankly, is unacceptable.” Continue Reading »
Israel is advancing proposals for 25,000 housing units in the capital, including large construction projects in eastern Jerusalem, Pisgat Zeev and Gilo.
By David Rosenberg
Israel is planning a series of housing projects in the capital, amounting to one of the largest waves of construction in Jerusalem in recent years.
Ahead of President Trump’s expected visit to Israel in May, the Housing and Construction Ministry has proposed the construction of some 25,000 new housing units in Jerusalem, including more than 15,000 in neighborhoods liberated in the 1967 Six Day War.
According to the proposed plan, 10,000 new units would be built in the capital’s western neighborhoods, along with 15,000 in neighbohoods built after 1967, including Pisgat Zeev and Gilo. Continue Reading »
PLO Secretary-General Erekat said he was “shocked” that the Trump administration did not immediately issue condemnations on Jewish construction as Obama’s administration repeatedly did.
By Elad Benari
Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Secretary-General Saeb Erekat on Wednesday said he was “shocked” by the White House’s silence on Israel’s construction in Judea, Samaria and eastern Jerusalem, and called on President Donald Trump’s administration to clarify its policy.
Liberman and Netanyahu at Likud Beytenu faction meeting, Feb 5 2013 – Photo: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post
On Tuesday, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman announced the approval of 2,500 housing units in Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria, in order to accommodate the housing needs of the residents and to return their daily routine to normal. Continue Reading »
“We are returning to normal life in Judea and Samaria,” Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said in a statement announcing the plans.
According to the statement, Liberman and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu agreed to approve plans for the units in order to enable normal life and answer local housing needs. Netanyahu said, “We are building, and will continue to build.”
Ariel, one of the four largest Jewish towns in the West Bank – Wikimedia Commons
Most of the new units will be inside the major settlement blocs, and 100 of those will be in Beit El, in accordance to commitments made regarding providing housing for those evacuated from Migron in 2012. Continue Reading »
State Department reiterated condescendingly saying White House is strongly opposed to “settlement activity,” in response to Israel’s approval of new home construction in Jerusalem’s Gilo neighborhood.
By Elad Benari
The State Department on Wednesday issued a scathing condemnation of Israel after it issued building permits for 181 new homes in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Gilo, located in the southern part of the city.
Jerusalem spokeswoman Brachie Sprung said plans in Gilo were first approved in 2012 and that Wednesday’s approvals were for “technical details of plot distribution,” reported The Associated Press.
Contrary to US, EU & UN opinions, Jerusalem is not a ‘settlement’
She said more detailed building permits will be required before the units are built. Continue Reading »
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