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3,000 New Homes in ‘Settlement Blocs’

The government plans to issue tenders for three large Israeli towns in Judea and Samaria.
By Maayana Miskin
First Publish: 12/18/2012, 10:39 PM

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The Housing Ministry is planning to issue building tenders for projects in three large Israeli towns in Judea and Samaria, Channel 2 reports.

According to the report, the new tenders are part of a plan to allow construction of 3,000 new homes in Israeli communities in the region.

Tenders will be issued for projects in Karnei Shomron, Efrat, and Givat Zev, all of which are located in “settlement blocs” – areas with a large Israeli population that, based on past negotiations, it has been assumed will remain under Israeli sovereignty if a diplomatic agreement is reached with the Palestinian Authority.

The tenders will reportedly be published next week. They would allow hundreds of homes to be built in each community in the near future.

Demand for new homes is particularly high in Judea and Samaria, where population growth is high and communities are still feeling the effects of a construction freeze.

The far-left Peace Now group has already petitioned against the tenders. The group is calling on Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein to prevent the publication of the tenders at this time, arguing that the move should not be allowed before elections.