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 »
With Obama’s anti-Israel policies a thing of the past, new home construction for Jewish families in Judea & Samaria is already getting approval in Jerusalem, so a fresh wave of condemnation can be expected from Europeans, the EU & UN.
– Lies and Propaganda
By Charles Gardner
As new settlement construction gets underway in Israel’s disputed territories, a fresh wave of condemnation is expected.
Accusations that the Jewish state is practicing apartheid – supposedly over its ‘illegal occupation’ and ‘treatment of the Palestinians’ – will inevitably be trotted out, adding fuel to the fire of a Boycott, Sanctions and Divestment (BDS) movement masquerading as a compassionate supporter of oppressed Palestinians, but in actual fact demonstrating another form of anti-Semitism. 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.”
By TOVAH LAZAROFF, MICHAEL WILNER
Demands to freeze settlement activity have not helped the peace process, a White House official said on Tuesday, in response to reports that Israel could advance plans for thousands of new settler homes next week.
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.;
Essentially, this agreement means the American administration is no longer making a distinction between construction in established settlement blocs—expected to remain under Israeli sovereignty in any future peace deal—and isolated settlements. Continue Reading »
Right-wing politicians are up in arms over allowed expansion from ‘Area A’ into ‘Area C’ for 5 Palestinian cities as Jewish construction in ‘Area C’ remains stifled.
By TOVAH LAZAROFF, GIL HOFFMAN, HERB KEINON
Israel notified the Palestinian Authority that five Palestinian cities – Ramallah, Hebron, Tulkarem, Jenin and Kalkilya – would be allowed to expand from Area A into Area C, MK Ahmed Tibi (Joint List) told Army Radio on Thursday night.
Tibi spoke prior to the anticipated return of US envoy Jason Greenblatt to the region, who was last here two weeks ago to speak with Israelis and Palestinians about US President Donald Trump’s peace efforts. Continue Reading »
Comptroller: Minister Ariel allowed close associates ‘to make decisions based on personal interests,’ diverting 43% of the NIS 51 million to well-established cities like Modi’in, Tel Aviv & Raanana, that was earmarked for increased construction to lower housing prices in the Negev and the Galilee.
By Yehonatan Bnaya, Yaron Druckman
Millions of shekels earmarked for developing and bolstering Israel’s geographic and social periphery were instead invested in housing projects in central Israel, State Comptroller Yosef Shapira determined in a report released on Tuesday.
Uri Ariel – Photo: Volcani-Institute
The comptroller, who examined the Construction Ministry’s conduct from 2013-2015 under Minister Uri Ariel (Bayit Yehudi), found that Ariel appointed close associates who share his political and ideological interests to key positions in the ministry and allowed them to interfere in the implementation of a government plan to develop the periphery. 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 »
Israel’s Hebrew daily, reports U.S. President Trump has asked PM Netanyahu to extend some goodwill gestures to the Palestinians, to demonstrate unequivocally that Jerusalem is serious about the peace process.
US President Donald Trump has asked Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to extend some goodwill gestures to the Palestinians to show that Jerusalem is serious about the peace process, the Haaretz daily reported Sunday.
According to the report, Netanyahu stated in the weekly security cabinet meeting on Thursday that he intends to comply with the request and has already begun planning the tokens of goodwill which would include both the West Bank and Gaza. Continue Reading »
Despite setting a more positive tone towards Israel, the 4-day round of talks between the Trump administration and Israeli officials has ended without agreement over the issue of settlements, since the US delegation reiterated Trump’s concerns over Israeli settlement activity.
The Trump administration reiterated its concerns about Israeli settlement activity, the two sides said on Thursday, as a round of talks ended without agreement over limiting future construction on land the Palestinians want for a state.
POTUS tells PM Netanyahu to hold off on the construction.- Photo: GPO
The four days of high-level meetings in Washington marked the latest step by President Donald Trump’s aides aimed at opening the way to renewed peace diplomacy between Israel and the Palestinians, despite deep skepticism in the United States and Middle East over the chances for success. Continue Reading »
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat. “Establishment of the new neighborhood will allow us to attract young families to the city, to better respond to the housing demand in the city, and of course to strengthen Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.”
By Reut Hadar
For the first time since the Six-Day War, 250 new acres were recently attached to the territory of the city of Jerusalem completing a multi-year process enabling the municipality to build a new residential neighborhood in Jerusalem with 2,000 housing units.
In 2009 the Interior Ministry’s Border Committee held its first meeting to discuss the possibility of transferring a 250 acre area adjacent to the Arnona neighborhood from the Yehuda Regional Council and Kibbutz Ramat Rachel’s jurisdiction to that of the Jerusalem municipality. Continue Reading »
Israel’s Finance Minister Kahlon is planning to present the Housing Cabinet later this week an “unprecedented strategic blueprint” in an effort to fight soaring housing prices and meet market demands by the increase in home construction of 247% by 2040.
By Zeev Klein
Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon plans to unveil a new plan for tackling rising housing costs at a meeting of the Housing Cabinet scheduled to be held later this week.
The plan, a joint project of the National Economic Council, the National Zoning and Planning Committee, and the Housing Forum, the executive arm of the Housing Cabinet, has been described as an “unprecedented strategic blueprint” in the government’s efforts to meet market demands and fight soaring housing prices. 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 »
Although Israel approved today (Tuesday) plans to build an additional 2,500 family units inside existing West Bank settlements, a new Palestinian industrial park was also approved.
BYHERB KEINON, TOVAH LAZAROFF
“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 »
Minister Katz’s plans also call for articulating to the Trump administration Israel’s housing proposals beyond the Green Line that would facilitate building throughout Jerusalem.
By HERB KEINON
Transportation Minister Israel Katz presented the security cabinet on Sunday with the principles of what he dubbed the “Israeli initiative,” a multi-pronged diplomatic plan he hopes can be coordinated with the new Trump administration.
Transportation Minister Israel Katz – Photo: GPO
This is the latest in a growing number of ideas for addressing the Palestinian issue that have emerged from ministers and Knesset members in recent weeks coinciding with the change of government in Washington. Continue Reading »
Since the inauguration of US President Donald Trump, right-wing members of Knesset press for new development in east Jerusalem and the annexation of Ma’ale Adumim.
– Education Minister Naftali Bennett tweets, ‘For the first time in 50 years, the Prime Minister can decide: Either sovereignty or Palestine.’
By The Associated Press & Reuters
The city of Jerusalem granted final approval Sunday for the construction of hundreds of new homes in east Jerusalem, while Education Minister Naftali Bennett (Bayit Yehudi) pushed the government to annex a major West Bank settlement as emboldened Israeli nationalists welcomed the presidency of Donald Trump. Continue Reading »