Settlement construction down 23% amid cries of freeze

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By Tovah Lazaroff, Gil Hoffman

 “There has not been, nor will there will be, a better government for settlements than ours,” Netanyahu said.

In the midst of a right-wing political campaign for more Jewish building in the West Bank, the Central Bureau of Statistics reported Monday that settlement construction dropped in the first quarter. Among other more general requests for increased building is a specific effort by the Beit El settlement for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to approve 300 homes he promised to the community five years ago.

Education Minister and Bayit Yehudi Party head Naftali Bennett on Monday called for Netanyahu to keep his word as he addressed a small rally on Beit El’s behalf outside the Knesset. “Our vision is the application of Israeli sovereignty on Judea and Samaria, but the way to get there is through actions. Our expectations from the prime minister are not [unrealistic]. You must keep your promises you have made, not once, but a number of times to build these units,” Bennett said.

 

 

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