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Israel Approves Construction of 780 Homes in Judea and Samaria

January 19, 2021

by: JNS

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A view of the community of Givat Ze’ev, where some of the housing units will be constructed.

Tuesday, 19 January 2021 | The Israeli government on Sunday approved plans to build 780 new homes in Judea and Samaria, drawing criticism from the European Union [EU], according to Reuters.

One hundred of the units will be built in Tal Menashe, a settlement [Israeli community] in northern Samaria that was home to Esther Horgen, a 52-year-old mother of six killed on December 21 by a Palestinian terrorist while she was jogging in the forest near her house. More than 200 units will be built in Nofei Nehemia/Rehelim as well as approximately 400 units in Beit El, Evyatar, Shavei Shomron, Oranit, the Barkan Industrial Zone, Karnei Shomron and Givat Ze’ev.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave the order for the construction on January 11.

In a statement, the EU said Israel’s decision to advance the plans “is contrary to international law and further undermines the prospects of a viable two-state solution.”

Israel and the US dispute the illegality of construction in Judea and Samaria. The US State Department declared on November 18, 2019, that such construction was not necessarily a violation of international law.

Posted on January 19, 2021

Source: (This article was originally published by JNS on January 18, 2021. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our publication today. See original article at this link.)

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