The Maon community in Judea and Samaria. Credit: Daniel Ventura via<br />
Wikimedia Commons.

( The first half of 2013 was characterized by a 2.12 percent population
increase in Judea, Samaria and the Jordan Valley, according to population
registry data obtained by
Israel Hayom.
The information suggests that the growth rate is highest in the Har Hebron
Regional Council, at 4.8 percent.

The Maon community in Judea and Samaria. Credit: Daniel Ventura via Wikimedia Commons.

“The Har Hebron
communities have become a magnet for couples and families who seek value-based
education, quality of life and to make a national contribution,” said Har
Hebron Regional Council head Tzviki Bar-Hai.

On Sunday, the Israeli cabinet expanded its list of cities and
communities eligible for government subsidies, which included a record number
of Judea and Samaria communities. The decision came just days after the
resumption of long-frozen Israeli-Palestinian conflict negotiations and drew
quick Palestinian condemnation. The Israeli government hopes to encourage more
people to move to the communities on the “national priorities” list.

Yigal Dilmoni,
deputy director of the Yesha Council, an umbrella group of municipal courts in
Judea and Samaria, said, “Due to the high demand, the [Israeli] government
needs to renew construction and issue new tenders” for Judea and Samaria

As of July 1, the Jewish population of Judea and Samaria stood at
367,000 people, a growth of some 7,700 new residents over the last six months.
This represents 2.12 percent population growth, as opposed to an average 1.9
percent nationwide population growth throughout the country in 2012.

This figure is significant when compared with what some say is the low
availability of housing in Judea and Samaria, the sharp rise in housing prices
and the palpable slowdown in construction tenders and the advancement of zoning
projects in the settlements.

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