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Minister vows 'thousands more homes in Judea and Samaria'

Uri Ariel’s remarks come at cornerstone-laying for new Jewish neighborhood in East Jerusalem.

Uri Ariel
Uri Ariel at a cornerstone-laying ceremony in East Jerusalem, August 11, 2013. / Photo by Michal Fattal
By Nir Hasson
Published 04:01 12.08.13

Housing Minister Uri Ariel (Habayit Hayehudi) declared on Sunday that “there are thousands of apartments ready for sale in Judea and Samaria, and they will be marketed,” adding that this was “only the beginning.”

Ariel spoke at a cornerstone-laying ceremony for a new Jewish neighborhood at the edge of the Palestinian village of Jabal Mukkaber in East Jerusalem. The neighborhood, planned to include some 63 housing units, will be constructed in the area between the village and Armon Hanatziv neighborhood, closer to the Palestinian village. Bemuna company is building the neighborhood, which will be marketed to the religious-Zionist public. Company owners have recently claimed that the permits for the neighborhood were stalled due to political pressure. A week ago, the final permits were issued and the construction is due to begin in the next few days.

The ceremony took place only hours after the ministry announced that it plans to issue tenders for the construction of more than 1,000 housing units in East Jerusalem and the West Bank. Also present at the ceremony were Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, Knesset Finance Committee chairman Nissan Slomiansky and prominent religious Zionist Rabbi Shlomo Aviner.

“With God’s help we will continue building all the land of Israel and Jerusalem the capital,” Ariel said. “It must be made clear that this is only the beginning. This melody can’t be stopped. … Do not be too impressed by the voices in the coalition. I can tell you that every single one of the leaders of Yesh Atid support construction in Jerusalem. … We can and will market thousands of apartments in Jerusalem and there are more than 10,000 apartments ready for marketing in Judea and Samaria. You should all follow, encourage and pressure us to do so as soon as possible.”

Said Barkat: “I hear complaints from people who have certain hardships with construction for Jews in certain neighborhoods, but we won’t discriminate against anybody, and certainly won’t discriminate against Jews anywhere in Jerusalem.” The mayor said the city issues building permits to all local groups, including Palestinians.

Several demonstrators who arrived to protest the construction were cleared from the area of the ceremony. Among these was Deputy Mayor Yosef ‘Pepe’ Alalu (Meretz), who said, “I feel sorry for Barkat and Ariel, they build 63 homes and invite journalists. That shows weakness.” Alalu also challenged Barkat’s claim about issuing building permits to the city’s Palestinians, saying Palestinians seeking to build homes are stymied by bureaucracy.


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  • 11.
    Palestinians living in Diaspora and refugee camps will be the owners of those new homes.
    to compensate what they lost in proper Israel.
  • 10.
    Ready for sale ? Pal;estinians should start buying. the EU will be h appy to finance.
  • 9.
    What's racist is a death sentence for Arabs that sell land to Jews; what's racist is when no Jews live in Jordan or Saudia Arabia, what's racist is when the "moderate" Abbas says not a single Israeli, meaning "Jew" will live in "Palestine". Jews have alway lived in Jerusalem., always will. Congrats on the new housing in Pisgat Zeev and other large settlement blocs that will remain if any final deal is reached.
  • 8.
    If I forget thee O Jerusalem תדבק לשוני לחכי אם לא אזכרכי
    The housing minister referred to Judea & Samaria and not to the "west bank" ( an obselete term since the late king Hussein dissociated his kingdom from his grandfather's acquisitions )/ BTW all future housing will be erected in Jersusalem and the " settlement blocks"
  • 7.
    Great. Barkat said anyone can live there so why don't some Palestinians buy these apartments?
    Bibi said that anyone cane live anywhere, right?
  • 6.
    BDS must encompass all of Israel and not just the settlements
  • 5.
    New Housing
    his new housing announcement shows that Habayit Hayehudi in fact either does not want peace or is against a 2 state solution. If there is any chance at all, I think the chances are very slim, that a peace treaty could be obtained, the PM must put a stop to all this anti-peace process activity during the negotiations. As native American's would say he speaks with a forked tongue.
  • 4.
    Who would have imagined that we would see such blatant colonialism in the year 2013?
    Anyone still arguing the old tired lies about Israel having captured the territories in an act of "self-defense" and that they have only continued the occupation of these lands out of a need for "self defense" is intentionally lying to themselves. You can clearly see what it was really all about from the very outset, i.e., a premeditated act of war by Israel for the purpose of conquering territory!
  • 3.
    How do you sell stolen property ?
  • 2.
    The noose of settlements around East Arab Jerusalem
    is tightening . It is clear that Israel has no intention of ever withdrawing from East Jerusalem. When negotiations fail , what is left , negotiations by other means .....
  • Why Would Jews Withdraw From Their Capital?
    There is no noose tightening. Israel is undoing the damage created by the Jordanian occupation of Jerusalem. Jews lived throughout Jerusalem before the Arab occupation and now they are steadily returning home.
  • 1.
    These will be the most expensive houses
    Israel ever built. They will cost far more than you ever expected.