(photo credit: Joanna Paraszczuk)
The Construction and Housing Ministry this week published tenders for 2,190 new
homes in Jewish neighborhoods of east Jerusalem and in three West Bank
These homes were authorized after the murder of the Fogel
family in Itamar last March and after the October vote by the United Nations
Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization to accept Palestine as its
Out of the 1,557 new east Jerusalem homes, 65 will be in
Pisgat Ze’ev, 749 in Har Homa and 743 in Ramot.
Out of the 633 new homes
in settlements, 40 are in Ma’aleh Adumim, 277 in Ariel and 277 in
The ministry published news of the tenders on Tuesday, that
included 5,000 new homes throughout the country.
But it pleased neither
the left nor the right in Israel.
Hagit Ofran of Peace Now accused the
government of “ensuring the absence of peace both now and in the
Dani Dayan, who heads the Council of Jewish Communities of
Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip, said, “it is a very small step in the right
But, he added, much more construction is needed.
would expect a much larger list of tenders including in places like Kiryat Arba
which are not part of the settlement blocs,” he said.
On Tuesday, Finance
Minister Yuval Steinitz (Likud) visited Ma’aleh Adumim and called on the
government to authorize an new construction in an undeveloped neighborhood in
that city, called E1, or Mevaseret Adumim.