Official data released by Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics has revealed that settlement construction in the occupied West Bank has quadrupled since the end of the partial moratorium five months ago. The data revealed that 114 settlement units per month have been built; Jewish settlers have completed 1,175 housing units which were started before the temporary freeze. In the last quarter of 2010, construction started in 427 new units, compared to 114 units in the first 9 months of the year.
A source in the Central Bureau of Statistics noted that the data is based on partial information and does not reveal the real number of settlement units that have been built or developed. So-called unauthorised settlements, those not approved by the Israeli government, are not covered by these figures.