Israel Approves 1,450 New Homes in West Bank Settlements

In addition, Civil Administration advances plans for construction of 837 units

File photo: Construction site in the Israeli settlement of Givat Ze'ev, December 2016.
Baz Ratner/Reuters

Israel's Civil Administration has approved the construction of 1,451 new housing units in West Bank settlements and advanced plans for the construction of 837 additional units, some in relatively isolated settlements.

The Settlement Subcommittee in the administration's Supreme Planning Council discussed the plans on Tuesday and Wednesday, and gave a final approval for 30 of these units.

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The council approved 220 housing units in Givat Ze'ev, 180 in Neveh Daniel, 120 in Karmei Tzur, 129 in Avnei Hefetz, 62 in Ma'aleh Mikhmash, 61 in Tzofim, 42 in Alfei Menashe, 55 in Tomer, 18 in Adora, 16 in Metzad and one in Shiloh.

Additionally, 135 housing units were approved for the expansion of the eastern neighborhood of the Tene Omarim settlement, pending final approval by the Civil Administration's environmental supervisors.

Thirteen plans in preliminary stages of planning were advanced, including plans for 152 units in Shavei Shomron, 94 in Haggai, 100 in Halamish, 75 in Shvut Rachel, a neighborhood in of Shiloh that functions as a separate settlement, 98 near Ma'aleh Amos, 82 in Ofra and two in Tzofim.