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France on Thursday condemned the Netanyahu government´s decision to
build hundreds of new housing units in Judea and Samaria.
"We condemn the announcements made yesterday by the Israeli Prime
Minister and Housing Minister on the construction of several hundred
new housing units in the West Bank settlements," the French Foreign
The statement said some of the planned construction was "far inside
the Palestinian side of the 1967 borders, which have been agreed as a
benchmark by the International community for negotations on a future
delineation accord between Israelis and Palestinians."
It criticized Israel´s decision as coming "at a time when it is above
all important to avoid provocations and renew dialogue between the
The decision to build 800 new homes in Judea and Samaria came as part
of a package deal by the Netanyahu government to relocate five
buildings in Beit El´s Givat Ulpana neighborhood.
Netanyahu plans to establish a committee which will handle aspects of
the move, including temporary relocation of the families and the
practical aspects of the dismantling and reconstruction of the
buildings. Among the names proposed for chairman of the committee is
Effi Eitam, a former government minister and MK from the National
Religious Party who is well known and highly respected among
residents of Judea and Samaria.
The actual moving of the buildings could take as long as a year,
officials in the government said Thursday. Projected costs for the
project have ranged from between NIS 6 million and NIS 30 million,
with Netanyahu saying that it was likely to cost about NIS 14
We must "respond to the families of the neighborhood in a way that is
practical, legal, and economical," Netanyahu said earlier this
week. "Building them new homes will cost less than buying any
apartment in Tel Aviv." Residents of the buildings will live in
caravans for the duration of the building transfer.
(IsraelNationalNews © 2012 06/07/12)
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