Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman have approved the construction of 3,000 more homes across Judea and Samaria.
The move follows a similar decision made by Netanyahu last week to approve the construction of 2,500 new homes in the area.
In large part, the change in the government's settlement construction policy stems from the new Trump administration in Washington D.C.
The combined decision to authorize 5,500 new homes aims to meet the needs of the area's residents. It has also been described as a "return to normalcy" after years of scarce construction.
"This is a new era and life across Judea and Samaria can return to its normal and correct course. We will meet the needs of those living in the area," Lieberman said.
Tuesday's order includes the construction of new homes in the Samaria community of...
...Alfei Menashe (700);
...Gush Etzion's Beitar Illit (650);
...the southwest Samaria settlement of Oranit (200);
...the Jerusalem suburb of Givat Zeev (150);
...Beit Aryeh, north of Jerusalem (650);
...Nokdim, south of Bethlehem (150);
...Karnei Shomron, north of Jerusalem, (100);
...Shilo, north of Jerusalem, (100);
...Shavei Shomron, west of Nablus (70), and
...the Gush Etzion community of Efrat (30).
This is a lightly edited version of the original article published by Israel Hayom at http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=40017