Israel to approve 500 new West Bank units

AFP , Wednesday 22 Feb 2012

Israeli committee plans to approve construction of an additional 500 units in the West Bank, while the US criticizes an an earlier decision made to subsidize such construction plans

An Israeli committee was on Wednesday to approve construction of 500 new homes in the West Bank settlement of Shilo and retroactively legalise more than 200 built without permits, a spokesman said.

The committee "will meet today to approve construction of 500 units," civil administration spokesman Guy Inbar told AFP, confirming that more than 200 homes, some in a nearby settler outpost, would be legalised "for humanitarian reasons."

The United States on Tuesday criticized a recently declared Israeli plan to subsidize construction in several West Bank settlements with a top US official calling the move "unconstructive." This would see the subsidization of 550 communities in addition to 70 West Bank settlements.

A spokesperson of Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu claimed that such the incentive for such a move is "meant to encourage positive migration to these communities". 

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