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Ulpana's eviction Photo: AFP
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Beit El to get 90 new homes

Defense Ministry greenlights construction of dozens of new homes in West Bank settlement following eviction of Ulpana outpost

Itamar Fleishman
Published: 02.11.13, 12:04 / Israel News

The Defense Ministry has granted the final approval needed for the construction of 90 new housing units in the West Bank settlement of Beit El, Ynet learned Monday.

 

The plan has already been approved by the government, as part of the deal reached with the settlers over the eviction of the illegal West Bank outpost of Ulpana.

 

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The ministry's approval clears up the last hurdles the plan may have faced, and the project is set to begin within a few weeks' time.

 

In the months since the high-profile eviction of Ulpana, government ministries had stepped up their work in order to facilitate the construction of the 300 housing units promised to the settlers by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as compensation over the outpost.

 

The ministries were able to find a stretch of land in the area that was both owned by Israelis, in accordance to a High Court of Justice ruling to that effect; and was in sufficient distance from IDF training grounds in the area.

 

The bid for the new housing units was granted one month after the contested eviction of the nearby illegal West Bank outpost of Oz Zion.

 

 

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