Report: Netanyahu and Herzog have agreed on construction freezeAnd as I wrote the other day, it's Bibi who's moving Left more than Buji to the Right. But to be honest, the so-called Rightist Bibi has never been big on building for Jews in Judea/Samaria. He has announced more building freezes than anyone else. It's his favorite technique to show that he's a "centrist" aka Leftist in Rightist costume/disguise. And that's one of the many reasons I don't vote Likud!!
Channel 10 News reveals that Netanyahu and Herzog are drafting an announcement on a freeze on construction in Judea and Samaria.
From what I understand, the building freeze affects the larger communities in Judea and Samaria more than small ones like Shiloh, where, as you can see in the following photos, people are expanding their tiny homes to suit their large families.
One of Netanyahu's claim is that he promotes a free economy based on supply and demand, but the truth is that he plans the economy, building in a very political way. Many yishuvim, Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria would be much larger if we had varieties of housing options. There are waiting lists, and the larger towns/cities like Maale Adumim have been suffering terrible price rises because of insufficient housing starts.
Gone are the days when the government built neighborhoods and towns even with special rent/buy deals and mortgage rates for young couples/families and new immigrants. That is not just a Judea/Samaria problem. It's very hard for the low and even middle income couples to save for a small apartment and pay a mortgage. The rents eat up all their income. This has been going on for a couple of decades.
Many young couples choose to live in communities in Judea/Samaria, because of the strong community spirit and excellent education. And in some places it is possible to buy a small inexpensive old home to be fixed up and added to relatively reasonably. That's what these young families have done or are doing.
I don't think that the Bibi-Buji deal is good for the country at all!