Fredsbevegelsen i Israel melder at regjeringen planlegger å bygge 72.000 nye boliger på Vestbredden. Det betyr en fordobling av antall innbyggere og vil gjøre opprettelsen av en palestinsk stat vanskeligere.
According to the report, approval has already been granted for the construction of 15,000 housing units, while approval is pending for a further 58,000 units.
The report states that 5,722 of the planned housing units are in East Jerusalem, and some 9,000 units in total have already been built.
Peace Now says that a new right-wing government presents the danger of «expanding settlement growth at a rapid pace… with the clear intention of destroying the possibility of a two-state solution.»
Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu of the rightist Likud party, tapped to form the new government after the February 10 elections, has expressed his opposition to a two-state solution. He also said that while a Likud government would not build new settlements, it would allow natural growth in existing ones.
But the Peace Now report says 17,000 units are planned for Gush Etzion, near Bethelehem, to be built outside existing settlements.
The report also states some 19,000 of the planned homes would be built beyond the route of the West Bank separation fence, including in Kiryat Arba in Hebron and Ariel.