When Israel speaks of retaining high Jewish population areas of the West Bank, his settlement bloc is often one of the premier locations that come to mind.
Netanyahu has been unable to win over the settlement leaders because not all of them trust his word. And without details of the plan out there for all to see, trust becomes important.
A security official warned that all illegal actions would be responded to with firm action.
The low numbers continue a trend, in which cumulative settler starts down by over 20% during the three years since US President Donald Trump took office.
There has rarely been a time in Israeli history with such political unity of thought on annexation of West Bank settlements.
The list of projects that were advanced include the approval of a master plan for 620 homes in the Eli settlement and a 2 million sq.m. industrial park off of Rt. 5 in the West Bank's Samaria Region.
Building in these areas would undermine the viability of a future Palestinian state, the EU and Ireland, Germany, France and Italy say.
The statement was re-issued with the land instead being referred to only as being "occupied".
Plans to retroactively legalize 180 homes in the MItpze Dani outpost as a neighborhood of the Ma'aleh Mikhmas settlement is expected to be advanced.
The Coalition for Jewish Values strongly objected to the arguments put forward by the Democrats and rejected the assertions made in their letter to Pompeo.