The Higher Planning Council for Judea and Samaria is set to debate the
advancement of plans for 1,072 new homes in West Bank settlements on
The debate comes as US Secretary of State John Kerry is in
Jordan, where he will hold talks on the frozen Israeli-Palestinian peace process
with the Arab League.
According to the council’s agenda, it will debate a
plan for 732 new homes in the Modi’in Illit settlement, located on the pre-1967
The council also plans to discuss building plans for 10 other
settlements, but according to the office of the Coordinator of Government
Activities in the Territories, the schedule is subject to
According to Peace Now, the council also plans to discuss plans
for building 234 units in Galgal and 31 homes in Almog, both settlements located
in the Jordan Valley. It will also examine plans for 38 homes for Kochav Ya’akov
and 17 for Shiloh, settlements in the Binyamin Region.
In addition it
will consider plans for 19 homes in Kfar Adumim, located outside of the Ma’aleh
Adumim settlement, on the way down to the Dead Sea from Jerusalem.
facto freeze on the publication of housing tenders in West Bank settlements and
east Jerusalem has been in place since January, as an Israeli gesture to help
foster a conducive climate for the renewal of talks with the Palestinians, which
have been largely frozen since December 2008.
The Palestinians have
insisted that Israel must halt all settlement activity as a precondition for the
resumption of talks.
Israel has refused to cede to that request and has
insisted that talks must be held without pre-conditions.
the Higher Planning Council has continued to debate and advance plans for
thousands of new homes in West Bank settlements in the last six months.