(JNS.org) 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 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 communities.
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.