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During a building freeze, many Arab construction workers are out of work. With the freeze lifted, there will be work for many Arabs who carry Israeli work permits and/or Israeli ID cards.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu this morning inked his approval on plans for new building projects in Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem. But it’s important to remember that such approval is only the first step in a very, very long process that often takes literally years to come to fruition.

And sometimes such projects don’t ever really come to pass. The red tape is just that complicated.

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Today (Monday, Oct. 27) Netanyahu authorized plans to move forward for 1,060 such units in Jerusalem neighborhoods built after the 1967 Six Day War, according his spokesperson.

Officials said 660 of the units are to be built in the Har Homa neighborhood, and another 600 are planned for the northern Jerusalem neighborhood of Ramat Shlomo.

Yesterday (Oct. 26), Israel’s Channel 2 reported that the prime minister’s office has been negotiating with the Judea and Samaria Communities Council over a deal to end the de facto freeze on Jewish construction in the regions.

According to the report, Netanyahu’s representatives discussed the construction of new roads in Samaria, including a new bypass road to circumvent Shechem’s dangerous Hawara neighborhood. Other new roads would include routes to the communities of Immanuel and Eli, and plans to widen Highway 60, where Arab road terror attacks are frequent and not easily evaded.

Several youth villages are planned as well as a number of new parks, and a boardwalk in the Etzion bloc in memory of the three murdered yeshiva students, Eyal Yifrach, Naftali Frenkel and Gilad Sha’ar.

In addition, the prime minister has reportedly agreed to the construction of some 2,000 new housing units, most to be built within the current settlement blocs.

Millions of shekels are to be invested in the project, according to the report, which noted the move followed a meeting between Netanyahu and Bayit Yehudi party chairman Naftali Bennett.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.

5 COMMENTS

  1. Bravo BBN. Israel has the right to defend herself and provide a nation for the Jewish people. Further Israel tolerates with generosity other faiths. Israel is not only a light to nations but an example of humanity as it should be. Pally's just make a damn noise and don't belong in Israel in any event!

  2. The truth is that NOW is the season of demolition in the Middle East…
    – In Syria which is agonizing after 3 years of war
    – Iraq is disintegrating under the attack of the Islamic State
    – In Lebanon the ‘Arab Spring’ is ONLY beginning…
    – Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the UAE are bombing the Islamists in Lybia…
    – Tunisia is ‘exporting’ militants for the ‘Islamic State’.
    – Yemen is under attack by the Al Qaida organization…

    And in Jerusalem they want to build? Why?!
    This is really quite inappropriate!?

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