Palestinian workers build settlement home in Kedumim 311 (R).
(photo credit: REUTERS/Nir Elias)
The Defense Ministry has approved the construction of 100 new homes in the Beit
Aryeh settlement as well NIS 6 million in compensation for monetary loses due to
the construction of a bypass road between that community and the nearby one of
Ofarim, according to the Beit Aryeh Regional Council head Avi Naim.
Aryeh is located 3.8 km. from the pre-1967 line and is located within the
boundaries of the security barrier.
The housing approvals are the third
largest handed out to any single settlement since the end of the 10- month
moratorium on new construction in September 2010. It follows on the heels of
approval of 294 housing units for the Betar Illit settlement and 277 for the
According to Naim, as part of work on the road, the
Defense Ministry will spend NIS 6 million to compensate some settlers and the
Beit Aryeh Regional Council for property loss because some of the land used for
the road will be on privately owned land.
In return, the council said it
would withdraw a petition before the High Court of Justice against the route of
According to Peace Now the cost of the road’s construction is