The Civil Administration, Israel's highest civilian authority in the West Bank, approved construction plans on Wednesday for 878 housing units in isolated settlements across the territory..."Apparently"?
Several plans that had already been approved in the past by the government came up for discussion in the Civil Administration Higher Planning Council, including validations for the construction of 95 new residential units in the settlement of Shiloh, on a site in a southern neighborhood that now holds chicken coops.
Validation is the final stage necessary for approval in the planning council, paving the way for the construction and sale of the unit - pending approval by the Defense Ministry.
The council also gave retroactive approval for the construction of 17 residential units in another area of Shiloh, where the Amana movement has already begun to build, apparently without permits.
Well, it's legal now.
And those chicken-coops?
They'll stay put.
P.S. Appreciate good wine? Read this and Shiloh's vineyards and wineries, among others.
it is no surprise that the Jewish People's return to Israel in the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries involved the reintroduction of vineyards and quality winemaking. Six thousand hectares (roughly 15,000 acres) of land is currently being cultivated as vineyards, mainly in the Galilee and Judean mountains, but also prominently in the Golan Heights and the Shomron (Samaria). The Land of Israel is coming alive and giving forth fruit to its indigenous people after 2,000 years of desolation and neglect!
^Taste, for example, the deliciously crisp 2012 Sauvignon Blanc produced by Teperberg 1870 Winery from grapes grown in the Shomron mountains, near Shiloh. Or Teperberg's intense and well-balanced 2010 Reserve Shiraz from the same Shiloh vineyard. Of course, these wines are off-limits for Catherine Ashton. Too bad for her.