According to Peace Now, 69% of the building starts on the West Bank last year were in isolated settlements.
Construction began on 1,800 housing units in Israeli settlements on the West Bank in 2015, according to a report released today by the Peace Now movement. The report says that more than 40% of the building starts were in places east of the separation fence, and that 69% were in isolated settlements that Israel would be expected to evacuate should a peace agreement be reached. Building lots were prepared last year for the construction of 734 further housing units, with construction expected to start shortly.
According to the report, 265 housing units, 15% of the housing starts, were built in illegal outposts. The report states that "according to the organization's estimate and on the basis of Civil Administration figures, 32 housing units were built on privately owned Palestinian land, almost all of them in illegal outposts."
1,547 units were built as permanent structures and 253 were mobile homes. 63 public buildings were built, among them synagogues and kindergartens, and 42 buildings for industry and agriculture.
Published by Globes [online], Israel business news - www.globes-online.com - on February 14, 2016
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