Israel Greenlights Hundreds of New Settlement Homes in Isolated West Bank Outposts

The government will now have to wait for Defense Ministry's approval of the plans before it can allow developers to bid to develop the new housing

The settlement of Kfar Adumim in the West Bank.
Lior Mizrahi

The Israel Civil Administration approved on Wednesday the construction of some 300 new homes in isolated settlements in the West Bank. Hundreds of homes within the main settlement blocs also received the go-ahead.  

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The total number of new homes could reach 1,000, a number that includes the division of single-family plots into plots housing two families. 

The administration was set to discuss additional projects, including the construction of 79 housing units in Hinanit and 130 in Avnei Hefetz and, on a much smaller scale, to add two homes to the settlement of Tzofim, but the discussion was postponed over bureaucratic issues. 

Among the plans approved are 206 housing units in Tzofim, 96 in Sansana, and 92 in Kfar Adumim, a settlement close to the Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar whose demolition was approved by the High Court of Justice last week.

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Also slated for construction after approval are 76 houses in Nokdim, 38 in Kfar Etzion, 13 in Anav, 10 in Har Adar and eight in Beit Aryeh.

The government will now have to wait for Defense Ministry's approval of the plans before it can allow developers to bid to develop the new housing.

Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Thursday that the Civil Administration was expected to support the immediate construction of 2,500 new homes, but this number included many that had already been approved and even some that have been built.