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 »
Netanyahu’s government approves 671 new homes for Jewish families in Jerusalem and its mayor says he hopes the public denunciations from the White House have ended.
By Yedidya Ben-Or
The Jerusalem District Planning and Building Committee approved on Sunday 671 new housing units in various Jerusalem neighborhoods.
Jerusalem, the old & the new – Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP
Previous discussions regarding the approval of new Jerusalem housing units were canceled in late December, reportedly at the request of Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.
324 new housing units will be built in Ramot, and 174 in Ramat Shlomo. In Pisgat Ze’ev, 68 new housing units will be built. Continue Reading »
Israel’s Finance minister says bilateral construction labor deal with China will help address housing shortage by bolstering undermanned construction sector, facilitating shorter construction time that translates into lower prices.
By Israel Hayom Staff
Israel’s construction sector, which has long suffered from a lack of sufficient manpower, received a boost on Wednesday after an Israeli delegation signed a bilateral agreement with the Chinese government to bring more than 6,000 Chinese laborers to Israel in the next half year.
The agreement, which was signed following protracted negotiations, is slated to be made official in late February, the Israeli news portal Walla reported. 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 »
City of Jerusalem is set to approve the postponed construction plans of more than 181 housing units in Jerusalem’s southern neighborhood of Gilo, which has so far been postponed due to pressure from the Obama White House.
Arutz Sheva Staff
The city of Jerusalem will approve new construction projects in areas located beyond the “Green Line”, including 181 new housing units in the neighborhood of Gilo in the southern part of the city, Channel 2 News revealed on Wednesday.
Har Homa neighbour in Jerusalem, – Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons
According to the report, the new projects will be approved by the subcommittee for building permits in the city of Jerusalem. Continue Reading »
In an unusually strong statement, the White House & US State Department called plans to construct a ‘significant’ new settlement of up to 300 housing units in the West Bank ‘deeply troubling’ and undermines the peace process.
– The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs commented in reply, “The 98 housing units approved in Shilo do not constitute a ‘new settlement.'”
The Associated Press, Reuters
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is once again condemning Israel for plans to construct housing on land claimed by the Palestinians, saying that a new project announced last week profoundly hurts efforts to forge a two-state solution to the long-running conflict. Continue Reading »
The Obama administration issued a firm rebuke over additional Jewish housing in Samaria, condemning Jerusalem’s retroactive approval for existing homes and warning that Israel risked undermining “the prospects for a 2-state solution.”
By David Rosenberg
Hours after Israel’s Civil Administration gave approval to 463 housing units in Samaria, the Obama administration issued a firm rebuke, condemning the move and warning that Israel risked undermining “the prospects for a two-state solution”.
Ariel University Center of Samaria – Photo AP
Speaking to reporters Wednesday evening, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest expressed the administration’s “concern” for the Israeli government’s green-lighting of the housing projects, saying they posed a “growing threat” to the establishment of a Palestinian state. Continue Reading »
Peace Now has warned that even though the land had been purchased by Jews before the creation of the state in 1948, the construction project “would have a devastating impact on the 2-state solution.”
The Civil Administration for Judea and Samaria is looking for land to build a road large enough to allow the Efrat settlement to grow by some 2,500 homes.
Efrat settlement – Photo: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST
Continued work on the project “demonstrates the true path” of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government, Peace Now stated.
It has dubbed the project E-2 and has warned that would be as devastating as the E-1 project opposite the Ma’aleh Adumim settlement, which has been widely condemned by the international community. Continue Reading »
Israel’s Foreign Ministry condemns the US’s claim that building homes for Jewish families undermines chances of peace as ‘factually baseless.’
The Israeli Foreign Ministry on Friday rejected US State Department criticism of Israel’s construction over the Green Line as “factually baseless.”
The Israeli settlement of is seen behind the Jewish state’s controversial separation barrier in a picture taken from the West Bank city of Bethlehem, on August 24, 2009 – Photo: MUSA AL-SHAER/AFP/FILE
The United States slammed as “provocative” Israeli plans to build hundreds of new settlement homes in east Jerusalem, saying they seriously undermined the prospect of peace with the Palestinians. Continue Reading »
After years of gov’t delays & disputes with Israel over water connection, the 1st Palestinian planned city, with 6,000 housing units, finally opens its gates to West Bank Arab settlers.
By Felice Friedson, The Media Line
Hanadi Abu Zahra turns on the tap in her kitchen and is elated to see the water flowing – something most new residents would take for granted even if they had not just moved into a brand new state-of-the-art apartment in a luxury building located in a development that has been the recipient of massive world-wide attention. But whether or not water would be there when the tap was turned on became symbolic of the challenges that had to be overcome in order for Rawabi, the first Palestinian planned city, to transform from one man’s vision to the fulfillment of 40,000 aspirations. Continue Reading »
Quid pro quo: PM Netanyahu okays building of new family homes mere hours after the destruction began on the 2 Draynoff buildings, ordered demolished by the High Court of Justice.
By Itamar Eichner, Itay Blumenthal
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu green lighted on Wednesday the construction of 300 housing units in Beit El, mere hours after destruction began of the Draynoff buildings that have been at the center of a dispute between settlers and the Israeli government and High Court of Justice.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu – Photo: Reuters
Hundreds of settlers gathered on Monday night outside the two buildings, which the High Court of Justice ruled were illegally built on private Palestinian land, and remained there throughout Tuesday and into Wednesday morning. Continue Reading »
Jewish Home leadership calls on PM Netanyahu to respond to terror wave by cancelling Ramadan “gestures” and renewing needed home construction in Judea & Samaria.
The Jewish Home party on Wednesday called on Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to respond to the latest wave of terrorist attacks by renewing construction in Judea and Samaria and by cancelling some of the “gestures” given to Palestinian Arabs in honor of Ramadan.
The call was made after members of the faction held an urgent meeting following the recent attacks. During the meeting, party chairman Naftali Bennett informed the members of the party about his meeting with Netanyahu. Continue Reading »
US State Dept says plans are ‘damaging & inconsistent’ with resolving Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
•UN chief ‘concerned’ by plans to build homes in Jewish neighborhood.
By The Associated Press
Israel has approved 900 new homes in East Jerusalem Jewish neighborhood Ramat Shlomo, watchdog Peace Now said Thursday.
Construction in Ramat Shlomo – Photo: AFP/File
Israel first announced the plans in 2010 during Vice President Joe Biden’s visit to Israel, sparking a diplomatic spat with Washington.
US State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke on Thursday called it “damaging and inconsistent” with resolving the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians with a two state solution. Continue Reading »
Israel’s District Planning & Building Committee invites submission for building thousands of new homes in Arab East Jerusalem.
By Roi Yanovsky
The Interior Ministry’s District Planning and Building Committee on Monday invited the submission of a master plan for the construction of 2,200 new housing units for the Arab sector in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabel Mukaber. As part of the plan, several hundreds of housing units built illegally will also be retroactively approved.
Construction in East Jerusalem – Photo: AFP
The decision was approved despite strong objection from right-wing activists. Aryeh King, a member of the Jerusalem city council who is leading the charge against the plan, sent an urgent letter to Interior Minister Gilad Erdan on Sunday, claiming there are issues with the project, because in reality, according to him, many more units will be built than initially planned. Continue Reading »