Haaretz keeps up its intifada against the Yesha enterprise.
It now reports:
West Bank settlements matched Tel Aviv for home building, despite smaller population rise
The five largest cities across the Green Line, containing the majority of the region’s Jewish residents, enjoyed an increase of 17,800 housing units and 18,500 households during that period.
Housing construction in the West Bank matched the number of units built in Tel Aviv between 1996 and 2008 while its population grew at just half the rate of Tel Aviv’s, according to a study carried out for the Israeli Institute for Economic Planning.
The authors of the report said the figures demonstrated that the government can, in fact, expand the housing supply when it makes the sale of land a priority...The five largest cities across the Green Line containing the majority of the region’s Jewish residents − Modi’in Ilit, Betar Ilit, Ariel, Ma’aleh Adumim and Givat Ze’ev − enjoyed an increase of 17,800 housing units and 18,500 households between 1996 and 2008. This compared to about 20,000 new units built over the same period in Tel Aviv, where the number of households grew by 38,400.
It also could be that children grow into adults, get married and need housing.
But since they live there, the population stays relatively the same.