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Israel announces tenders for 1,400 new housing units in West Bank, Jerusalem

600 settlement units planned for East Jerusalem, 800 for West Bank; Netanyahu's announcement preempts likely protest by right-wing hardliners in his government.

Construction site in the West Bank settlement of Modiin Illit.
Construction site in the West Bank settlement of Modiin Illit. Settlement construction − and not any talks or prisoner release −... / Photo by AP
By Barak Ravid
Published 12:02 10.01.14

The Housing Ministry announced Friday morning new tenders for 1,400 housing units in settlements in the West Bank and in East Jerusalem.

The announcement was made three weeks after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he intends to launch a new wave of settlement construction parallel to the third step of Palestinian prisoner release.

Tenders were released for the construction of 600 housing units in the Ramat Shlomo neighborhood in Jerusalem, which lies over the Green Line, and a further 801 units in settlement blocs in the West Bank.

Israel will build 227 housing units in Efrat, 78 in Alfei Menashe, 86 in Karnei Shomron, 40 in Ariel, 75 in Adam, 24 in Beitar Illit, 102 in Immanuel and 169 in Elkana.

In addition, tenders were released for the construction of 532 units in Jewish neighborhoods in East Jerusalem, across the Green Line. The plots for these units were marketed in the past but found no buyers, and were now put back out on the market. These include 182 units in Pisgat Ze'ev, 294 in Ramot and 56 in Neve Yaakov.

Netanyahu delayed the tenders for over two weeks, until after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's visit to the region, but ahead of a an additional trip that's coming up. With this timing, Netanyahu likely aimed to avoid a delay of almost a month which might have cause the hardlines in his government to protest.

Palestinian peace negotiator Saeb Erekat denounced the new settlement tenders saying they show "Israel's clear commitment to the destruction of peace efforts and the imposition of an apartheid regime."

He called on the international community to take measures against the occupation in order to "protect and help to realize the two-state solution."

"[Israel's] announcement should also serve as a reminder to the international community to sever all ties with the Israeli occupation, including companies and institutions involved in the colonization of Palestine," Erekat said in a statement.

The Housing Ministry released the statement that Minister Uri Ariel is on an official visit to the United States, where he is slated to meet with representatives of Jewish communities and U.S. experts on public housing.

Finance Minister Yair Lapid responded to the announcement and called the tenders "devoid of substance," adding that the new construction is a bad idea and vowed his party will fight against it. 


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  • 9.
    The more homes Israel builds the closer it will be to a lasting peace.
  • 8.
    It's all about what Israel are doing not to make you realy think releasing criminal terrorists is a step to peace......what are they saying? its ok to kill and vomit terror because ? What? Why? The fact that's in their peace deal....yes release our murderers and we will make you peace!!! Repugnant
  • 7.
    Any article referring to the building of settlements should always include the words ' housing units for Jews only'. Because? That's the truth.
  • 6.
    Jews will build in their ancestral homeland regardless of the crying and bickering coming from the Communists and the Fascist Sharia agents.
  • 5.
  • 4.
    Good now make it 1 million homes the Arabs need to get it thro their heads that we are not going anywhere and move back to Jordan the real Arab state.
  • 3.
    The piece loving nation. What do you say the free World?
  • 2.
    Sad news. We need effots to promote peace and the 2 states solution. Instead Bibi furthers the occupation.
  • 1.
    and he wants after that the Arabs to recognize West Bank , Jerusalem a part of the Jewish State he working for !!