US pushing Israel to hold off on new construction?

Migron expellees say plan to approve new homes for them after Succot 'too little, too late.'

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Shai Alon, head of the Beit El Council, responded to the report on Arutz Sheva that thousands of housing units planned for Israeli towns across Judea and Samaria will be approved next month following the Sukkot holiday.

The meeting of the Supreme Planning Council was scheduled to convene this week, Alon said, but was postponed due the White House's efforts to jump-start negotiations with the Palestinian Authority.

"We all expect the marketing of the 300 housing units to be approved," Alon said. "The land is ready, there are already appeals from young couples who want to live in the council. Everything is ready and we are waiting only for the approval of these housing units."

A senior Israeli official told Arutz Sheva that “the committee will meet after the holidays at the very latest.”

According to the source, among the plans which will be approved next month are the 300 housing units in Beit El, as well as construction for the evacuees of Migron. Both communities have waited five years for the promised construction.

The Migron evacuees also responded to the announcement, saying that the construction of new homes for them after their community was destroyed in 2012 is "too little, too late."

"Five years after the destruction of Migron, the time has come for the Israeli government to build the permanent settlement. It's time to do it."

The state has repeatedly rejected the claims that there is an agreement with the US to freeze construction, whether partially or completely. "There was no such conclusion and the repeated claims in the matter do not turn the lie into truth," the official noted.








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