RAMALLAH, March 13 (JMCC) - A ministerial committee on settlements
approved the construction of 500 new homes in the occupied West Bank
Saturday night after the killing of five Israelis in the settlement of Itamar
The move comes after several months in which the group refrained from approving new West Bank housing, reports
Some 500 housing units are due for construction in the settlements of Gush Etzion, Ma'ale Adumim, Ariel, and Kiryat Sefer.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak took part in the meeting on the matter Saturday night. During the discussion, several alternatives to further settlement building were discussed, such as starting a new settlement, or widening the settlement of Itamar but the end the decision, supported by Barak, was to continue construction in settlement blocs.