Gov´t to approve 551 new housing units in West Bank (JERUSALEM POST) By TAMARA ZIEVE 06/07/12)
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Housing and Construction Minister Ariel Atias announced Wednesday
evening that his ministry would approve the construction of 551
housing units in the West Bank.
They will comprise 117 units in Ariel, 92 in Ma´aleh Adumim, 114 in
Adam, 114 in Efrat and 84 in Kiryat Arba. The new housing units will
be built in addition to the three hundred that Prime Minister
Binyamin Netanyahu has already promised to build in Beit El following
the evacuation of the apartment buildings in the West Bank outpost
This decision was reached in a conversation Wednesday between
Netanyahu and Atias.
"Increasing the supply of land helps young couples, and construction
in the West Bank strengthens the settlements. Although 30 apartments
will be evacuated, 850 will be built instead. Under the
circumstances, this is the appropriate solution," said Atias.
Earlier Wednesday, in a televised statement Netanyahu said that the
government is in the midst of a very complex environment, and is
upholding democracy and strengthening the overall settlement
enterprise in its decision over the Ulpana outpost.
A bill to legalize the West Bank outpost was defeated by a vote of 69-
22 on Wednesday.
Netanyahu said that the government had acted with responsibility and
discretion, and thanked his coalitions partners.
He expressed sympathy for the pain of the families living in the
Ulpana outpost who are due to be evacuated. However, he said, "you
have to understand, we are working in a very complex reality;
internally, internationally and in terms of the law."
He emphasized that his government would continue to strengthen the
settlements, at the same time as strengthening democracy in Israel.
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