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New housing construction of in Maale Adumim, September 25, 2017.

Feel free to “blame” it on the heating election campaign, but the fact is that the political echelon has approved plans for about five thousand housing units in Judea and Samaria, some of which still require a number of approval stages, according to a document published by JDN News on Friday.

The document is a letter sent on Thursday by assistant defense minister for the settlement Kobi Eliraz to the assistant to the coordinator of government activities in the territories Major Adam Avidan, indicating that the political echelon has approved a large number of housing units as follows:

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Almost 1,000 housing units will be built in Betar Ilit, 1,000 in Efrat, 343 in Elkana, 750 in Ma’aleh Adumim, 323 in Kfar Adumim, 263 in Karnei Shomron, 250 in Harsha, 176 in Givat Ze’ev, 165 in Shilo, 107 in Elon Moreh, 73 in Ariel, 40 in Pedu’el, 64 in Oranit, 38 in Nokdim, 32 in Beit Aryeh, and 27 in Klalim.

A sign in the Jewish settlement of Efrat in Gush Etzion. / Gershon Elinson/Flash90

Two weeks ago, Srugim reported that the Construction and Housing Ministry is about to approve hundreds of new housing units in Judea and Samaria, some of which will be built outside the settlement blocs.

According to those plans, more than 700 housing units will be marketed in in the neighborhoods of Pisgat Ze’ev and Ramot in eastern Jerusalem, beyond the Green Line. And another 260 housing units will be marketed in Alfei Menashe, Emanuel and Adam.

In addition, some of the apartments will be built in the communities of Beit Arye (which is considered part of Ariel) and Ma’aleh Ephraim, which is outside the settlement blocs.

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