After East Jerusalem, Israel to build 2,500 new homes in West Bank

Israeli media claims 100 homes in Beit El has received funding from the family of Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner


Reuters January 24, 2017
The West Bank Jewish settlement of Ofra. PHOTO: REUTERS

JERUSALEM: Israel's Defence Ministry announced plans on Tuesday to build 2,500 more settlement homes in the West Bank, the second announcement of new construction in the occupied territory since President Donald Trump took office.

A statement from the Defence Ministry said the plans, authorised by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman, were intended to fulfil a demand for new housing "to maintain regular daily life".

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Most of the new construction will take place in existing settlement blocs. The statement said 100 of the homes would be built in Beit El, a settlement which according to Israeli media has received funding from the family of Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

It was not immediately clear whether it was the first time that the new construction had been announced. There are several stages involved in the process of approving and building new settlement homes.

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