Oded Revivi, the mayor of Efrat, located in the Judea district, both praised and criticized Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu. Mayor Revivi and other elected officials from Judea and Samaria met with the Prime Minister on Wednesday. Revivi stated, "despite justified criticism against Netanyahu's freeze, after 12 years building permits were finally granted for Efrat, the capital of Gush Etzion. The massive zoning permits now allowed us to expand and grow." Housing is in high demand for the region, which has one of the largest birth rates in the country.