September 26, 2010
With freeze over, West Bank settlements ready to dive into construction
Israel, Palestinian Authority working to reach compromise on issue of settlement construction, following expiration of 10-month building freeze on Sunday night.
Barring last-minute delays, construction will begin on Monday morning on a few dozen housing units whose owners have waited patiently for an end to the 10-month moratorium on construction in the West Bank.
Construction is ready to begin on just over 2,000 units, but because not all the future homeowners have obtained a mortgage, hired a contractor and gone through the complicated paperwork, work on 500 to 600 homes is expected to begin in the coming months.
Construction is expected to begin on Tuesday at a number of sites including Shavei Shomron, Adam, Oranit, Sha’arei Tikva, Yakir, Revava, Kokhav Hashahar, Kedumim and Karmei Tzur. A cornerstone is to be laid for a new neighborhood in the southern West Bank settlement of Beit Hagai, with construction set to start soon.
After the Sukkot holiday, the Yesha Council of settlements and local West Bank councils are expected to pressure Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu into approving new construction.
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