The Netanyahu made good its promise to announce new homes for Jews in Judea and Samaria after the latest release of Palestinian Authority terrorists, but in fact, the “new homes” already have been announced.
The 272 new homes announced on Tuesday are to be built in Ofra, north of Jerusalem, and Karnei Shomron, approximately 10 miles east Kalkilya and Kfar Saba, which is located on the northern end of metropolitan Tel Aviv.
However, the French AFP news agency quoted a defense ministry official as saying, “ Sunday’s publication is only the second of four necessary steps before building work can begin,” the official said on condition of anonymity, adding that obtaining the necessary permits will take ‘months.’”
The headline news of new homes for settlers soothed the feathers of the few nationalists who still believe Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu really won’t agree to deport tens of thousands of Jews from their homes in order to allow them to be taken over by the Palestinian Authority in a final status agreement.
The announcement also brought out the usual anger from Peace Now, which called Ofra and Karnei Shomron “isolated settlements in the heart of the West Bank.”