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In Time for Obama Meeting, CBS Shows 123% Rise in Settlement Housing

Palestinian workers enjoy full employment in construction at the Jewish settlement of Kfar Eldad, in Judea, January 20, 2014. Housing starts in Jewish settlements have gone way up, after the 2009-10 freeze. Peace Now and the Obama White House warn that this threatens the future of a Palestinian State. So that's two good things…

Palestinian workers enjoy full employment in construction at the Jewish settlement of Kfar Eldad, in Judea, January 20, 2014. Housing starts in Jewish settlements have gone way up, after the 2009-10 freeze. Peace Now and the Obama White House warn that this threatens the future of a Palestinian State. So that's two good things…

Hours before a scheduled meeting between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Obama in Washington Monday, Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics released the figures on Jewish housing starts in Judea and Samaria for 2013 and they show a stunning, 123% rise compared to the year before.

According to the CBS, work began on 2,534 new Judea and Samaria homes and apartments in 2013, compared to 1,133 in 2012. Of these, some 1,710 units were in apartment buildings in the larger Judea and Samaria settlements, and 824 were single-family homes in smaller settlements.

The same data shows a 19 percent drop in housing starts in the Tel Aviv area.

The total number of housing starts throughout Israel rose 3.4 percent in 2013 compared to 2012, according to the CBS.

Housing starts in Judea and Samaria have been lower since a 10-month freeze in building in Judea and Samaria settlements that began in November 2009, as part of the Netanyahu government’s capitulation to American pressure.

It took until 2013 for many new housing tenders to be issued for Judea and Samaria settlements, according to the Jerusalem Post.

Housing starts in Judea and Samaria comprise 5.7% of all the starts in Israel. In the south of Israel there was a 12% rise, in the Haifa region 8.1%, in Jerusalem 2.9%, and up north 1%.

The 19% drop in housing starts in Tel Aviv appears dramatic when juxtaposed with the rest of the country.

And now for a word from our friend at Peace Now Yariv Oppenheimer who issued a statement saying that at this rate of growth there’ll be no room left for a Palestinian State.

The other friendly NGO, the “Geneva Initiative,” faulted Netanyahu for creating a one-state solution through his action, and warned that in such a state the Jews would be in the minority.

No they won’t, just check birth rate figures for Jews (on the rise) and for Judea and Samaria Arabs (on the decline since 2005).

Some JTA content was used in this report, but we had to replace all the “west bank” references with the proper “Judea and Samaria.”

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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5 Responses to “In Time for Obama Meeting, CBS Shows 123% Rise in Settlement Housing”

  1. 123% sounds like a lot. But look at how ridiculously small the numbers are that we're talking about — 2534 versus 1133, or a difference of 1401 units. There are SIX MILLION Jews living in Israel. The average size of a household in Israel is 3.73 people. That means there are roughly 1.6 million Jewish households.
    http://www.cbs.gov.il/hodaot2011n/11_11_025e.pdf

    So an additional 1400 housing starts in Yehuda and Shomron is .00875 of ONE PERCENT of the Jewish households in the country. Completely trivial and meaningless. This has nothing to do with anything other than Obama's ego and his continuing desire to destroy Western civilization (most of which he's destroying without any direct reference to the Jews).

  2. Reyna Cohen says:

    Keep building in OUR LAND!

  3. Alan Kardon says:

    Is anyone stopping the Arabs from building housing in these areas?

  4. Earl W. Littlefield Jr says:

    Numbers don't lie but liars & propagandists misstate numbers to paint a picture far from the truth…….

  5. Ltc Howard says:

    The Myth of Israel's SettlemThe Myth of Israel's Settlement Boom
    Tuesday, March 04, 2014 | Israel Today Staff

    The presentation of these numbers is ill-informed, at best, and purposely deceptive, at worst.
    The reason for the seemingly enormous increasing in “settlement activity,” as many Israeli officials pointed out, was that for much of 2012 there was a building freeze imposed on Jewish construction in the disputed territories.

    Fueling recent heavy criticism of Israel amidst ongoing US-brokered peace talks is the perception that construction of new Jewish homes on lands claimed by the Palestinians skyrocketed over the past year.
    Even Israeli newspapers on Tuesday ran reports that while new building starts in Tel Aviv had decreased by 19 percent in 2013 compared to the previous year, Jewish construction in the so-called “West Bank” had shot up by 123 percent.
    The presentation of these numbers is ill-informed, at best, and purposely deceptive, at worst.
    The reason for the seemingly enormous increasing in “settlement activity,” as many Israeli officials pointed out, was that for much of 2012 there was a building freeze imposed on Jewish construction in the disputed territories.
    So, naturally, any new building in 2013, regardless of how minuscule by comparison to other parts of the country, would register as a major upswing in national statistics.
    To put the numbers in perspective, 1,133 Jewish housing units (primarily apartments) were built in Judea and Samaria in 2012. In 2013, that number increased to 2,534 units, hardly a building boom.

    ent Boom
    Tuesday, March 04, 2014 | Israel Today Staff

    The presentation of these numbers is ill-informed, at best, and purposely deceptive, at worst.
    The reason for the seemingly enormous increasing in “settlement activity,” as many Israeli officials pointed out, was that for much of 2012 there was a building freeze imposed on Jewish construction in the disputed territories.

    Fueling recent heavy criticism of Israel amidst ongoing US-brokered peace talks is the perception that construction of new Jewish homes on lands claimed by the Palestinians skyrocketed over the past year.
    Even Israeli newspapers on Tuesday ran reports that while new building starts in Tel Aviv had decreased by 19 percent in 2013 compared to the previous year, Jewish construction in the so-called “West Bank” had shot up by 123 percent.
    The presentation of these numbers is ill-informed, at best, and purposely deceptive, at worst.
    The reason for the seemingly enormous increasing in “settlement activity,” as many Israeli officials pointed out, was that for much of 2012 there was a building freeze imposed on Jewish construction in the disputed territories.
    So, naturally, any new building in 2013, regardless of how minuscule by comparison to other parts of the country, would register as a major upswing in national statistics.
    To put the numbers in perspective, 1,133 Jewish housing units (primarily apartments) were built in Judea and Samaria in 2012. In 2013, that number increased to 2,534 units, hardly a building boom.
    The Myth of Israel's Settlement Boom
    Tuesday, March 04, 2014 | Israel Today Staff

    The presentation of these numbers is ill-informed, at best, and purposely deceptive, at worst.
    The reason for the seemingly enormous increasing in “settlement activity,” as many Israeli officials pointed out, was that for much of 2012 there was a building freeze imposed on Jewish construction in the disputed territories.

    Fueling recent heavy criticism of Israel amidst ongoing US-brokered peace talks is the perception that construction of new Jewish homes on lands claimed by the Palestinians skyrocketed over the past year.
    Even Israeli newspapers on Tuesday ran reports that while new building starts in Tel Aviv had decreased by 19 percent in 2013 compared to the previous year, Jewish construction in the so-called “West Bank” had shot up by 123 percent.
    The presentation of these numbers is ill-informed, at best, and purposely deceptive, at worst.
    The reason for the seemingly enormous increasing in “settlement activity,” as many Israeli officials pointed out, was that for much of 2012 there was a building freeze imposed on Jewish construction in the disputed territories.
    So, naturally, any new building in 2013, regardless of how minuscule by comparison to other parts of the country, would register as a major upswing in national statistics.
    To put the numbers in perspective, 1,133 Jewish housing units (primarily apartments) were built in Judea and Samaria in 2012. In 2013, that number increased to 2,534 units, hardly a building boom.

    The Myth of Israel's Settlement Boom
    Tuesday, March 04, 2014 | Israel Today Staff

    The presentation of these numbers is ill-informed, at best, and purposely deceptive, at worst.

    The reason for the seemingly enormous increasing in “settlement activity,” as many Israeli officials pointed out, was that for much of 2012 there was a building freeze imposed on Jewish construction in the disputed territories.

    Fueling recent heavy criticism of Israel amidst ongoing US-brokered peace talks is the perception that construction of new Jewish homes on lands claimed by the Palestinians skyrocketed over the past year.

    Even Israeli newspapers on Tuesday ran reports that while new building starts in Tel Aviv had decreased by 19 percent in 2013 compared to the previous year, Jewish construction in the so-called “West Bank” had shot up by 123 percent.

    The presentation of these numbers is ill-informed, at best, and purposely deceptive, at worst.

    The reason for the seemingly enormous increasing in “settlement activity,” as many Israeli officials pointed out, was that for much of 2012 there was a building freeze imposed on Jewish construction in the disputed territories.

    So, naturally, any new building in 2013, regardless of how minuscule by comparison to other parts of the country, would register as a major upswing in national statistics.

    To put the numbers in perspective, 1,133 Jewish housing units (primarily apartments) were built in Judea and Samaria in 2012. In 2013, that number increased to 2,534 units, hardly a building boom.

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