JERUSALEM (AFP) -- Israel is ready to "immediately" build 10,000 homes in the West Bank and East Jerusalem to lower housing costs, Housing Minister Uri Ariel was quoted as saying on Thursday.
"To immediately alleviate the housing crisis we must massively build in (East) Jerusalem and the settlement blocs in Judea and Samaria," the Yediot Aharonot newspaper quoted Ariel as telling a parliamentary committee.
"Settlements like Beit Arye, Ofarim, Elkana are in the center of the land," he said, "and we are prepared to launch 10,000 units there immediately."
On his Facebook page, pro-settler Ariel noted that "For an entire year there has been no state marketing in Judea and Samaria (the biblical term for the West Bank) and east Jerusalem." more