In an attempt to scare the world into increasing the already heavy pressure on Israel to extend the construction freeze, the ultra-left Peace Now organization announces that 2,066 homes are ready to be built on Sept. 26 if the freeze is not extended – and thousands more are only one step away.
The 2,066 units, in 42 different Jewish communities throughout Judea and Samaria, need no further permits or approvals for construction to begin. Among them are 300 in Givat Ze’ev, just north of Jerusalem, and another 260 in the hareidi-religious city Modiin Illit (Kiryat Sefer).
In addition, work on 24 units can be immediately begun in Kiryat Arba, 18 in Tapuach, and 70 in Talmon.
The goal and raison d’etre of Peace Now and sister organizations such as Yesh Din is to try to ensure that no Jews live in Judea and Samaria (Yesha), thereby promoting the racist concept of areas being "judenrein". The groups engage in lawfare within Israel, filing suits to challenge ownership of plots, sending airplanes over Yesha to check that no construction is taking place and photographing finds-from patios to synagogues. They publicize information on Jewish settlements, and run campaigns to further their goals. They are funded generously by anti Zionist and leftist sources.
The city of Ariel has 136 units ready for immediate construction, according to Peace Now, while Vered Yericho has 41, Shilo – 22, Kochav HaShachar – 24, Barkan – 62, Mevo Horon – 70, Elazar – 58, Nili – 46, and Tzofim – 50 units.
Furthermore, Peace Now reports, “there are at least another 11,000 housing units approved for construction according to valid building plans, and the settlers can build them even without further government approval. This means that [even] if the government… [states it will not] approve new construction but does not renew the freeze order, the settlers can still build 13,000 housing units, 5,000 of which are in isolated settlements east of the separation barrier.”
Ben-Ari: What, Only 13,000?
MK Michael Ben-Ari (National Union) says this is far from enough, and that if only 13,000 units are built in Yesha – population 320,000 - it will be a catastrophe. “13,000 housing units would be the Netanyahu edition of the British White Paper [which sorely restricted Jewish immigration to the Holy Land in the 1930’s and 40’s – ed.], and would be a continuation of the policy of strangulation. The Jewish settlement enterprise requires at least 50,000 units this year.”