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Yesha Council: Young families forced out of West Bank by housing shortage

Nadav Shragai Haaretz
Yesha Council: Young families forced out of West Bank by housing shortage - Israel - Housing - Shortage

Thousands of Jewish settlers are forced to move to Israel proper every year because of a housing shortage in the West Bank, the Yesha Council of settlements claimed at a press conference yesterday.

Danny Dayan, who chairs the umbrella group for Jewish municipalities in the West Bank, complained that government restrictions on construction in the settlements have led to a dearth of houses for young couples. 

"Thousands of couples are silently being expelled from Judea and Samaria because of the housing shortage brought about by the construction freeze that has been the Israeli government's policy for years," Dayan said, referring to the West Bank by its biblical name.

At the press conference, Dayan presented data according to which two-thirds of the 2,100 couples who wed in the West Bank last year could not find housing in the area. He rejected claims that construction in the settlements has continued unabated, blaming the left and the media for creating a "false impression."

The Yesha Council chairman urged Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to fulfill his pre-election promises and lift restrictions on construction in West Bank settlements.

Netanyahu is scheduled to visit Washington later this month for his first meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama, where the issue of construction in the settlements is expected to be discussed.


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