Friday, August 30, 2013

CBS on Yesha Housing Starts

CBS = Central Bureau of Statistics.


The number of settler housing starts in the West Bank skyrocketed by 141.5 percent in the first half of 2013...The jump from last year is so great that the work that began on 1,461 homes during the first six months of 2013 has surpassed the 1,089 starts registered by CBS for all of 2012.  However, housing starts throughout the country including the West Bank dropped by 5.9% in the first half of 2013, when compared with the same period in 2012, according to CBS.

...According to CBS, in 2008, during the Annapolis peace conference, work began on 2,332 West Bank homes, and in 2009, prior to the moratorium, when the Annapolis process and peace talks in general were halted, construction began on 1,963 more units.

That number declined by 62% to 738 in 2010, the year of the moratorium, which ended that September, according to CBS figures.

CBS data reveal that although the number rose by 50%, to 1,108 homes in 2011, it was still far below the 2009 and 2008 figures. In addition, ground broken for housing units in 2012 was consistent with 1,089 settler starts that year...

It could be better.


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