Thursday, October 21, 2010

Only 550?

Settlers have broken ground on nearly 550 West Bank homes since end of freeze, survey shows


If that's true, it's well under natural growth for a population as large as ours.  As of a year ago there were well over 300,000 Jews in Judea and Samaria.

According to the CBS, the Jewish population in Judea and Samaria grew from 290,400 on December 31, 2008, to 301,200 at the end of September 2009.

Locations like Shiloh are very convenient for families needing to be near Jerusalem and the the Yarkon, Sharon and Petach Tikva areas.  We're five minutes from the Jordan Valley, too.

Human rights and building rights are intertwined.  All the restrictions are too reminiscent of the days when Great Britain ruled here and insisted, in the notorious White Paper, that there wasn't enough room for a Jewish population a fraction of the size that now lives in the country.
These numbers do not include Jews living in east Jerusalem, who are often included in statistics compiled by the international community.


Settlers living in Judea and Samaria represented 4.1% of Israel’s population of 7.4 million at the end of September 2009. The total population grew by 1.8% compared to last year at the same period.

2 comments:

Hadassa said...

Shalom!
Perhaps people are saying little and doing more? If I was starting construction now I don't know if I'd want the fact publicized. On one hand news of housing construction should be publicized so that the public knows that YoSh is growing, but on the other, "there's a blessing in hidden things".

Batya said...

The question is about full building permits or using permits given in the past. Then, soon there won't be new permits. That's the big problem.