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Jerusalem Post: "Peace Now: Settler construction is coming back strong"

(Peace Now's) New report suggests that '1,126 foundations have been laid in 45 days, compared to 1,888 for all of '09'; data relies on aerial footage.


Also included are excerpts and link to:
AFP: "Settlers started 1650 new homes since freeze end, says Peace Now"
and the entire: Ma'ariv: "Accelerated Construction "Erased" the Freeze"

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Jerusalem Post: "Peace Now: Settler construction is coming back strong"

By TOVAH LAZAROFF 11/13/2010

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"The freeze had turned into a 10-month delay. If it is not followed by a second freeze, it will become irrelevant," said Hagit Ofran, who heads the Peace Now Settlement Watch Team.

Read the entire article at
http://www.jpost.com/Israel/Article.aspx?id=195185

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AFP: "Settlers started 1650 new homes since freeze end, says Peace Now"

November 14, 2010

JEWISH settlers have started building 1649 homes since the end of a freeze in construction on September 26, watchdog Peace Now said, more than making up for the 10-month ban on new building.

Read the entire article at http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/world/settlers-started-1650-new-homes-since-freeze-end-says-peace-now/story-e6frf7lf-1225953390461

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11/14/10

Ma'ariv: "Accelerated Construction "Erased" the Freeze"

Ma'ariv (p. 5) by Amihai Attali -- Work began on 1,649 housing units in Judea and Samaria after September 26, the day that the construction freeze ended. This compares to 1,888 housing units built in all of 2009, when there was no freeze at all. These numbers appear in a new report that was released last night by Peace Now.

This basically means that the period of the freeze was made up for, and that the accelerated construction since its end has closed the gap. The bottom line: settlement beyond the Green Line continues as usual.

According to the report, approximately one-third of the housing units are being built east of the separation fence, another third are being built west of the fence's planned route, so that altogether, about two thirds of the new housing units being built now are located outside what are known as the "settlement blocs."

In the last few days Peace Now members made a number of flights over Judea and Samaria. The figures are the work of Peace Now's Settlement Watch headed by Hagit Ofran, which mapped all the new construction starts.

"The settlers aren't wasting a moment," said Peace Now Secretary General Yariv Oppenheimer last night. "In one month they managed to make up for a nine month gap and to almost completely make up for the construction freeze period. The construction is not only concentrated in the blocs, but also in isolated settlements in the heart of the territories. The Labor Party must demand that the freeze be renewed before the settlers manage to set new construction records and to make the solution of two states for two peoples impossible to implement."

Settlers Council Chairman Danny Dayan responded: "These numbers are delusional. If only they were correct. Peace Now is trying, by means of a completely false report, to provoke a fight between the government and the US administration and is damaging Israel's vital interests. This is a transparent and particularly despicable attempt to drag the government into carrying out the policy of the radical left."