PM to Bennett: Housing permits coming this month

Netanyahu tells Bennett new housing permits for Judea and Samaria will be approved within weeks, including for Migron evictees.

Uzi Baruch ,

Bennett and Netanyahu
Bennett and Netanyahu
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A number of new building projects in Israeli towns across Judea and Samaria will be approved later this month, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told Education Minister Naftali Bennett (Jewish Home), including a replacement neighborhood for the evicted former residents of the town of Migron.

Netanyahu made the assurance at the weekly meeting of coalition leaders on Sunday, after Bennett pressed the Prime Minister to set a deadline for the issuing of permits for proposed building projects.

In response to the Education Minister’s request, Netanyahu pledged that the housing projects, including a new neighborhood for families evicted for the town of Migron, north of Jerusalem, would be approved by the government “in September”.

Earlier on Sunday, former Migron residents and their supporters protested outside of the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem, demanding the government follow through on Netanyahu’s promise to build replacement homes for the displaced families.

"Netanyahu evicted us five years ago, promising that within two years he would build us a permanent community,” said former Migron resident Naama Moskowitz. “We have been living for five years in caravans in inhumane conditions waiting for the Prime Minister to fulfill his promise."

Plans to build replacement homes for the former residents of Migron in the Givat Hayekev neighborhood have stalled after the Civil Administration’s higher planning committee deferred action on the planned project.