Netiv Ha’avot, Israel
Netiv Ha’avot, Judea and Samaria, has been authorized and made legal by the Israeli Government, in a vote that took place Sunday.
According to residents of the area, this involves a master plan to construct as many as 350 homes. Such construction would significantly expand the Elazar settlement, which according to the Central Bureau of Statistics, was home to 2,568 people in 2016.
The decision will come into effect after the Higher Planning Council for Judea and Samaria completes a master plan for the new neighborhood.
The government decision also included NIS 29 million (approximately $8.3 million) to construct 15 modular homes on land known as Plot 91, which is near Netiv Ha’avot but is technically within the boundaries of the Alon Shvut settlement. Another NIS 24 million (approximately $6.9 million). will be given to the 15 families to compensate them for the homes they have lost.
After the vote, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with settler leaders including YESHA Council head Hananel Durani, Gush Etzion Regional Council head Shlomo Neeman and Binyamin Regional Council head Avi Ro’eh.
U.S. Department of State
In May, the United States plans to open a new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem. The opening will coincide with Israel’s 70th anniversary. The Embassy will initially be located in the Arnona neighborhood, in a modern building that now houses consular operations of U.S. Consulate General Jerusalem.
Those consular operations, including American citizen and visa services, will continue at the Arnona facility without interruption, as part of the Embassy. Consulate General Jerusalem will continue to operate as an independent mission with an unchanged mandate, from its historic Agron Road location. Initially, the interim Embassy in Arnona will contain office space for the Ambassador and a small staff.
By the end of next year, we intend to open a new Embassy Jerusalem annex on the Arnona compound that will provide the Ambassador and his team with expanded interim office space. In parallel, we have started the search for a site for our permanent Embassy to Israel, the planning and construction of which will be a longer-term undertaking.
We are excited about taking this historic step, and look forward with anticipation to the May opening.
U.S. Department of State
The United States is deeply concerned about today’s escalation of violence over Israel’s border and strongly supports Israel’s sovereign right to defend itself.
Iran’s calculated escalation of threat and its ambition to project its power and dominance, places all the people of the region — from Yemen to Lebanon — at risk. The U.S. continues to push back on the totality of Iran’s malign activities in the region and calls for an end to Iranian behavior that threatens peace and stability.