The Palestinians Face a Possible Lebanon-type Meltdown. Israel Will Pay the Price

The West Bank is suffering a housing shortage and a dearth of money for salaries, but Israel isn’t really helping out despite its approval of new construction

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Palestinians at a currency exchange counter in Ramallah early last month.
Palestinians at a currency exchange counter in Ramallah early last month.
A photo of Dr. Zvi Bar'el.
A photo of Dr. Zvi Bar'el.

So how many housing units is the Israeli government really letting the Palestinians build in the West Bank? The screaming headlines say 1,300, but these are homes approved for entry onto a long queue and could need years for final approval. Does this number include units that were approved in 2017, 2019 and earlier but have never come to be?

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