Jewish home construction last year in Judea and Samaria reached ‘2nd highest number in 15 years.’
By AFP and Arutz Sheva Staff
Construction on new homes for Jewish residents in Judea and Samaria rose by 40 percent in 2016 compared with the previous year, official figures showed Wednesday.
Ground was broken on 2,630 housing units last year compared with 1,884 in 2015, figures from Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics showed.
Radical-leftist NGO Peace Now called it “the second highest number of construction starts in the past 15 years”.
The highest number during that time was 2,874 in 2013.
“On average, since 2001, 1,790 housing units begin to be constructed in West Bank settlements each year,” Peace Now said. 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 »
The Israeli organization claims one section of development east of Jerusalem would divide Arab continuity of the West Bank for a future Palestinian state.
Israel is working to revive and extend plans for new Jewish settler homes in the E1 area of the West Bank, the Peace Now organization said Monday.
Jewish settlements in east Jerusalem — such as Har Homa which was originally built in the 1990s — are considered to be in breach of the Oslo accords by the Palestinians but not by Israel, which does not see east Jerusalem as occupied territory. – Photo: AHMAD GHARABLI /AFP/FILE
Peace Now is an Israeli organization that actively campaigns for a two-state agreement between Israel and the Palestinians. Continue Reading »
Peace Now produced a satirical video poking fun at right-wing, slamming new legislation & West Bank policy. So, is it really so much fun representing the right-wing?
Set to the tune of George Harrison’s “Got my mind set on you,” the pro-peace left-wing organization Peace Now has published a satirical video titled “It’s great to be right-wing” in which it mocks the settler right.
Dr. Yossi Beilin – as ‘the settler’ – Screenshot
Dressed as religious settlers, MKs and prominent leftists cynically made the case for the right-wing in rhyme, indirectly slamming what they described as disproportional budget apportionment for West Bank settlements and new legislation which they claim is intended to silence political dissent. Continue Reading »
On Wednesday 550 new housing permits were issued for growing Jerusalem neighborhoods.
Peace Now says it ‘shameful’.
By Arutz Sheva Staff and AFP
Left wing groups have condemned recently-announced decision to construct 550 housing units in Jerusalem Wednesday.
Archive photo of construction in East Jerusalem neighborhood of Har Homa. – Photo: AP
The newly-issued building permits include 386 units in Har Homa, 136 units in Neve Yaakov and 36 units in Pisgat Zeev, according to AFP.
Issuing permits is one of the last stages before construction begins, which means building is likely to start in the coming weeks, according to the far-left Peace Now NGO. Continue Reading »
Ministers Approve Anti-Israel NGOs to pay 45% tax on foreign donations.
Justice Minister Tzipi Livni to appeal, forcing committee to vote on the bill again.
The Ministerial Committee for Legislation approved the “NGO Law” Sunday by a large margin of 8 to 4 despite opposition from Justice Minister Tzipi Livni (Hatnua). Livni said that she intends to appeal the decision. This means that the Committee will have to vote on the bill again at a later date.
Ministers Approve Tax on Anti-Israel NGOs – Thinkstock
Bills approved by the Committee stand a very good chance of passing in the Knesset, because they can expect to have the Coalition’s support. Continue Reading »
Anti-boycott Bill would put 45% tax on support for involvement of foreign entities that contradict the decisions of the State of Israel.
By Tova Dvorin
An anti-leftist, anti-boycott bill which was discussed under the previous Knesset will come to the fore again Sunday, according to Maariv. The Knesset hearing will be headed by MK Ayelet Shaked (Bayit Yehudi/Jewish Home) and Robert Ilatov (Yisrael Beytenu).
The bill has sparked controversy for imposing a 45% tax on foreign donations to leftist groups. The goal of the bill is to “reduce the involvement of foreign entities within the affairs of the state of Israel.” Continue Reading »
The Jewish rate of growth in the Biblical heartland of Israel is greater than in the rest of the country.
Because of this new information, many supporters of Peace Now are dispirited.
By Gil Ronen
The Jewish population of Judea and Samaria grew by 2.12% in the last six months – faster than the rate of Jewish population growth in the rest of Israel, which is 1.9% annually, reports Israel Hayom.
The Jewish population of Judea and Samaria currently numbers 367,000. In the last six months, this number grew by 7,700, including immigrants and births.
The newspaper noted that the number is particularly impressive when one takes into account the low supply of housing in Judea and Samaria, the rise in housing prices and the fact that in the last year, there have been less construction tenders issued and delays in approval of zoning plans for communities in Judea and Samaria. Continue Reading »
The left-wing NGO, Peace Now, says the current gov’t has so far approved more than 1,500 housing units in Judea and Samaria, advancing construction plans at an unprecedented scale.
By Gil Ronen
Peace Now, a far-left group that opposes any Jewish presence in the mountainous Biblical heartland of Judea and Samaria, says that nationalist complaints of a building freeze are unjustified.
The present government, it says, has carried out large scale construction in Judea and Samaria.
According to Peace Now, the government that was sworn in in March has thus far approved over 1,500 housing units in Judea and Samaria. Continue Reading »
A new report by Peace Now, meant to elicit a public backlash & anger against Israeli policy, has instead been met with cheers & praise from the residents of Judea and Samaria as well as int’l supporters of Israel.
By Annie Lubin
A new report by a radical left-wing organization meant to elicit backlash and policy changes has been met with cheers and praise from the Yesha Council and residents of Judea and Samaria.
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According to a “Settlement Watch” report published Wednesday by Peace Now, 2012 was a record year for construction and development beyond the so-called “green line,” the 1949 armistice line.
Peace Now says Israel has taken the next step in building new homes for retired police & IDF troops in Jerusalem neighborhoods.
Israel has taken the next step in the process of building new homes for retired police and IDF troops in parts of Jerusalem restored to the city in the 1967 Six Day War. A plan to build the new neighborhood is being marketed to potential developers, according to the leftist Peace Now organization.
Construction in Gilo – Reuters
A spokeswoman for the group, Hagit Ofran told the AFP news agency the Israel Land Administration released 180 units for development last week. Continue Reading »