No construction on 3,000 housing units after a year

Just several dozen units constructed in Judea and Samaria in 2017 despite government promises to build thousands of new homes.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,


The Israeli government approved or advanced thousands of building plans for Judea and Samaria over the course of 2017, drawing international condemnation.

But a survey in Yisrael Hayom survey shows that almost a year later, about 3,000 housing units which were intended for immediate marketing were never marketed, and the Israel Land Authority (ILA) has repeatedly rejected the publication of the tenders, despite the desire of contractors and entrepreneurs to approach them and begin construction.

According to the report, only a few dozen units have been built so far, and officials in Judea and Samaria fear that the construction freeze will continue into 2018 and that both the units already announced by the government and new announcements will continue to be rejected by the ILA.

The ILA has repeatedly rejected all requests to approve tenders and begin construction in the ten months since the units were approved for immediate marketing. as a result, construction began on only a few dozen housing units in Judea and Samaria in 2017.

These include housing units in local authorities and municipalities, including 672 housing units in Alfei Menashe, 663 housing units in Beit Aryeh, 755 units in Betar Illit, 552 housing units in Givat Ze'ev, 296 housing units in Beit El, 44 housing units in Ma'ale Adumim and 52 housing units in Karnei Shomron, a total of 3,034 housing units in various projects.

Sources in the Prime Minister's Office said yesterday that Netanyahu had given all the necessary permits to market 3,034 housing units, saying that "the marketing of the units was done by the Housing Ministry and the Israel Lands Authority. "The tenders will be issued at the beginning of the year. The delay stemmed from waiting for price evaluations."