'Silent evacuation' of young couples from Judea and Samaria

Monday, May 11, 2009 |  Israel Today Staff

The heads of the various Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria spoke in Jerusalem on Monday where they warned that a "silent evacuation" of their towns is currently taking place.

The community heads explained that restrictive construction policies imposed on the Jewish settlements were making it impossible to sustain even natural growth, let alone house the usual flow of Israelis looking for cheaper housing and higher quality of life the settlements provide.

One leader noted that last year 2,100 young couples from Judea and Samaria registered for marriage, but at present there are only 400 empty apartments available to accommodate the new families. The rest will have to find homes in Israel proper, resulting in negative growth numbers.

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