The Yesha Council said surprising statistics showing an increase of over 120% in construction in Judea and Samaria in 2013 were illusory. The reason it seems that housing skyrocketed in 2013 is simply that there was a building freeze in 2012.
The Central Bureau of Statistics noted Monday that 2,534 new housing units were built in the region in 2013, up from just 1,133 in 2012. However, the Yesha Council stressed that much of this had to do with a partial building freeze still in effect in 2012, which pushed off construction projects by several months. In the meantime, the rate for beginning new building projects was the lowest in 2013 in Judea and Samaria, compared to other regions of the country.