Israel to Continue Building Policy

YERUSHALAYIM (Reuters) -

Israel’s new housing minister said that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s incoming cabinet would continue expanding the Jewish presence in Yehudah and Shomron to the same extent as his previous government.

Housing Minister Uri Ariel, a resident in the region and member of the Jewish Home party, said in an interview that “building will continue in accordance with what the government’s policy has been thus far. I see no reason to change it.”

Ariel added, however, that Israel planned the bulk of housing construction for more sparsely populated areas in the Negev to the south and Galil to the north.

He said construction in Yehudah and Shomron was “not the main story” for his housing plans.