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Netanyahu advances plans for 1,060 housing units in East Jerusalem settlements

October 27, 2014
Section: [Main News]
Tags: [Settlement Expansion] [settlement construction] [settlements] [Settlers] [Benjamin Netanyahu]

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu authorized the advance of plans for 1,060 new housing units in East Jerusalem settlements. 
Officials in the Prime Minister’s Office said Monday that plans would be advanced for 660 housing units in the Ramat Shlomo settlement and another 400 in the settlement of Har Homa, both of which are located beyond the 1967 Green Line. 
Israeli media reported the Prime Minister also ordered the advancement of infrastructure projects, including the paving of 12 new roads, which are “necessary from a security and safety perspective.”  
Barik Ravid of the Israeli English-daily Haaretz reported on Monday that Netanyahu’s instructions came due to pressure from the Council of Jewish Communities in Judea and Samaria, a settler umbrella organization, as well as the Jewish Home Party, a religious Zionist Israeli political party. 
The settler council and the Jewish Home Party originally demanded that Netanyahu allow for the approval of 2,000 new housing units throughout West Bank settlements. Netanyahu’s directive on Monday can be seen as an attempt to appease the two groups, although it may not be enough. 
Members of the Jewish Home Party have reportedly threatened to destabilize Netanyahu’s ruling coalition unless the cap on building and planning in settlements is lifted. The Prime Minister will hold a meeting with the group and members of the settlement movement on Wednesday to discuss further settlement infrastructure projects, including water infrastructure, student villages, parks and a promenade in Gush Etzion to memorialize the three Israeli teens that were kidnapped and murdered this summer. 


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