Settlement-Building Soars in Israel

Just Three Months Into Post-Freeze Era, Construction Boom Is On

by Jason Ditz, December 22, 2010

The West Bank land rush is on, and Israel seems to be putting an enormous amount of effort into the most remote settlements, the ones which would seemingly be on the chopping block if Palestinian statehood is ever realized.

Israel’s Peace Now, an NGO critical of the settlement expansions, says that the construction is likely at its most active in over a decade. Settler groups did not dispute Peace Now’s numbers, but insisted the growth was a good thing.

Peace talks with the Palestinians have been on hold since the freeze ended, and Israeli officials have ruled out a new freeze repeatedly, suggesting the talks may not start up again any time soon. So for the time being, as with most of the West Bank’s history since the occupation began, the settlements will grow, and grow.

 

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