Unlike Gush Etzion settlements or Maale Adumim, Ariel is located in the very midst of the territory of the future Palestinian state. It would be very difficult to create the viable and contiguous Palestinian state with the big Israeli enclave in its midst, with the infrastructure, roads, military bases etc. Ariel is a big city even today, to remove it is a very difficult task. Building more appts in Ariel means making this task even more difficult. The new construction in Ariel is a very bad signal: that the Israeli government is not really interested in quitting the occupation and colonization. The bid is a cynical exploitation of the current social protest in Israel. Israelis want cheaper housing, the government offers appartments in the occupied territories. It must be made very clear, that there can be no social justice while Israel controls millions of people, who are not part of the Israeli society at all. There can be no equality while neighbours in the occupied territories are living by the different sets of laws. If Israel wants to be just society, it must either end the control over the occupied territories or incorporate its citizens as Israeli citizens with equal rights - and the latter option would be disastrous for Israel. By deepening the occupation and colonization, Israel shoots to its own foot.
19-year-old construction worker seriously injured after falling from scaffolding in Harish (Haaretz)
from the article: Israel approves 227 new homes in West Bank settlement of Ariel