'Construction of homes I promised in Beit El will begin soon'

Prime Minister meets with Beit El mayor, says 300 housing units promised to town 5 years ago will be green-lighted in September.

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Protesters demand PM honor pledge to build 296 homes in Beit El
Protesters demand PM honor pledge to build 296 homes in Beit El
Miriam Tzachi

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu met Thursday with the mayor of Beit El over the government’s long-standing pledge to build nearly 300 housing units in the town.

In 2012, Netanyahu promised to construct 296 new homes in Beit El, after the Supreme Court ordered 30 demolished in the Samaria town. In the nearly five years since, however, no progress has been made towards fulfilling that promise. In fact, construction in Beit El has been completely frozen, with no new homes approved for the community of more than 6,000.

During his meeting with Beit El’s mayor, Netanyahu said the 296 housing units would be approved soon, and that permission to market the units would be given this September.

Last week, residents of Beit El and their supporters erected a protest tent opposite the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem. Demonstrators demanded the Prime Minister end the building freeze in Beit El and fulfill his promise to build 300 new homes there.