The cabinet of the Prime Minister is reportedly blocking approvals of buildings despite his refusals.
By: Batya Jerenberg, World Israel News
Difficult to know about the news that the Ministry of Housing has approved the doubling of a planned neighborhood for Beit El for 650 houses, Can Israel News reported Wednesday that the Subcommittee of the Public Administration settlement has approved plans for the construction of only half the number of residential units in Judea and Samaria than expected – about 1,000. In addition, 620 of them will have to undergo additional authorization rounds before final approval is obtained.
In addition, the report reported that plans to legalize an outpost in the block of Gush Etzion and the compound of an educational institution in the vicinity of Kfar Adumim were deposited at the last moment after an order from the political echelon.
The Yesha council reacted angrily to the smaller number of building permits.
"This is the smallest number of housing units approved in the last year and a half," it said in a statement. "In the previous committees, the number of building permits was between 2,000 and 3,000 residential units, which were also relatively small compared to the total number of permits in the entire country that counts tens of thousands of housing units."
"It is precisely a national government that does not need to reduce construction, but rather expands it, and calls on the prime minister to lift the restrictions and barriers and to instruct a broad construction throughout Judea and Samaria, as in the rest of the country. This can and should be done today ", the statement added, Arutz-7 reported.
Meanwhile, no more than a thousand planned housing steps will be made in Jerusalem as a result of instructions from the prime minister's office (PMO), according to a recent report on Israel Hadashot News. The freezing list of buildings includes 500 units in Ramat Shlomo, 420 units in Gilo, 200 in Ramot Alon and 150 in Ramot. All these districts are located in the part of the capital that was liberated during the Six Day War.
Contractors have asked the prime minister to authorize them urgently but have been refused, according to the report, which noted that the PMO's only response was: "The prime minister's office does not delay construction in Jerusalem."