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Israel to Build Thousands of Homes in Judea and Samaria

By 06/13/2023 2:59 PMNo CommentsBy YidInfo Staff


Israel has informed the Biden administration that it will reveal its plans for thousands of additional dwellings in Judea and Samaria later this month.

The impending relocation, which would comprise at least 4,000 housing units in various existing communities, was disclosed to Washington by Jerusalem, according to three Israeli and American officials who verified the information for Axios.

According to the article, the Israeli Civil Administration Planning and Zoning Committee will meet before the end of June to approve the new development.

Area C in Judea and Samaria is under the control of Israel’s Civil Administration, which also regulates development.

According to Israeli and American insiders, the Biden administration is lobbying the coalition of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to cancel or downplay the announcement. U.S.

In response to a query on the report during Monday’s White House briefing, National Security Council spokesman John Kirby reiterated the administration’s belief that the growth of Israeli settlements in Judea and Samaria is a barrier to a two-state solution.

The State Department’s spokeswoman was reported by Axios as stating that it is “critical for all parties to uphold the commitments made at regional meetings in Aqaba and Sharm el-Sheikh to avoid measures that undermine the prospects for a two-state solution.”

For the first time in more than ten years, Israelis and Palestinians met for discussions at the summits in Aqaba (February 26) and Sharm el-Sheikh (March 19).

The United States, Jordan, and Egypt sponsored the summits. Israel informed the Biden administration last Thursday that it had decided to postpone the hearing on a proposed housing project in the E1 (East 1) zone east of Jerusalem for a third time.

Concern over the proposal, which calls for the construction of 3,412 homes in Ma’ale Adumim’s new community, has been voiced by the Biden administration and European nations.

The subcommittee meeting for the E1 project was supposed to take place in September of last year, but it was moved to March 27 instead.

Before the most recent postponement, it was moved to Monday.

Due to resistance from the U.S. and Europe, a plan to connect Ma’ale Adumim to Jerusalem has been put on hold for over 30 years.

The battle between Israel and the Palestinians over whether to build continuously east-west (Israel) or north-south (Palestinians) is at the center of the debate.


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