Haaretz, Sep 17, 2016
Settlement construction in the West Bank, June 2016.Reuters / Baz Ratner
The number of housing starts in West Bank settlements rose 16.7 percent during the first half of 2016 compared to the same period last year, according to data published on Wednesday by the Central Bureau of Statistics.
According to the CBS report, the "Judea and Samaria Region" showed the second-highest growth in housing starts, second only to Jerusalem, where housing starts were up 18.2 percent. The CBS did not distinguish between housing starts in Jerusalem within or over the Green Line. In the West Bank alone during the first half of 2016 there were 1,195 housing starts, some 170 more than during the first half of 2015.
[...] The surge in construction in the settlements is especially notable given the decline in housing starts in other areas in Israel during the same half year, when there was a 7-percent drop in housing starts nationwide.