90 New Beit El Homes Get Defense Ministry Go-Ahead

YERUSHALAYIM (Reuters/Hamodia) -

Israel gave final approval on Monday for 90 new homes in Beit El, a Jewish community north of Yerushalayim, the Israeli Defense Ministry said.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has pledged that 300 new homes will eventually be erected in Beit El as compensation for the eviction of 30 families from the Ulpana neighborhood there last June, after the High Court ruled they were living illegally on private Palestinian land.

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

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