While building in east Yerushalayim may be unofficially on hold, building in Yehudah and Shomron made progress, as the IDF advanced plans for 1,225 Jewish homes in Itamar and Bruchin, The Jerusalem Post reported on Wednesday.
The new housing would greatly increase Itamar’s size. Population as of a Central Bureau of Statistics 2011 census stood at 1,181. Itamar is located in the Shomron, 20 kilometers from the pre-1967 line and outside the security barrier.
Zoning plans for 550 new homes were deposited with the council for Bruchin, which is just 5 kilometers from the pre-1967 lines, also in the Shomron.
Last year the government agreed to transform Bruchin from an outpost into a legal community. Once the council approves a zoning plan for Bruchin, the 56 homes located there would retroactively be legalized.
A 60-day period for the public to file objections now follows, after which another authorization phase is required before actual building can begin.