'13,000 settlement housing units ready for construction'

By OR SCHWARTZ
September 12, 2010 22:01

 
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More than 13,000 settlement housing units are ready for construction once the building moratorium ends on September 26th and at least 2,000 are ready for immediate construction, according to a report by Peace Now released on Sunday.

According to the report, either construction permits have been approved or the ground works already laid for 2,066 housing units.

The group reported that at least another 11,000 housing units have had their building plans approved. According to Israeli law, settlers are allowed to construct the units without further approval by the government.

This translates into a total of 13,000 units which are ready for construction, even if the government implements an implicit building freeze and does not approve new construction in the future, without extending the moratorium. Of the 13,000 units, 5,000 are located east of the separation barrier in isolated settlements.

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