Kahlon: ‘Days of Building Freezes Are Behind Us’

Head of Kulanu party Moshe Kahlon. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

The Housing Ministry is set to announce tenders for the construction of homes, with the approval of Moshe Kahlon, who in addition to his job as Finance Minister, is also acting Housing Minister. The homes will be built in Yerushalayim, as well as both inside and outside settlement blocks. According to Kahlon, the approval marks the end of all building freezes in Yehuda and Shomron.

According to the plan, 700 new homes will be built in Yerushalayim in new neighborhoods beyond the 1948 armistice lines, including Pisgat Ze’ev. Two hundred sixty are to be built in Alfei Menashe, located near Kfar Sava, as well as in Emanuel, in central Shomron. Other towns included in the plan include Beit Aryeh, in western Shomron, and Maale Efrayim, near the Jordan Valley.

The plan was previously approved by the Civil Administration, but required the approval of the Housing and Finance Ministries for opening up tenders for bidding by contractors, and for sale of the units.

Kahlon said that “the days that a building freeze was imposed in certain areas are behind us, and they will never return. Israel has experienced a building boom over the last four years. Young couples finally have the opportunity to buy a home anywhere they want. We will build anywhere in the Land of Israel, including in Yehuda and Shomron, and certainly in all parts of united Yerushalayim.”

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