West Bank, ALRAY - 2,100 new housing units began construction in 2018, 9% above the annual average since 2009 (1,935 units per year), peace now movement reported.
19,346 new housing units began construction in settlements.
70% (13,608 housing units) of the new construction was in settlements east of the proposed Geneva Initiative border, i.e. settlements likely to be evicted in a two-state agreement.
35% (6,852 housing units) of the new construction was in areas that are east of the route of the Separation Barrier. Another 30% (5,861 units) are between the built and planned route of the fence. Only 34% (6,633) was west of the completed portion of the Barrier.
At least 11% (2,206 housing units) of the construction was illegal according to Israeli law in the Occupied Territories (regardless of the illegality of all settlements according to the international law), primarily in illegal outposts.
Associated Press Agency reported that it gains an Israeli official documents revealed that Israeli government spending on settlements in the occupied West Bank has increased since the election of US President Donald Trump
The report noted that Trumb's policy that backs settlements enhance the settlement construction rate in West Bank.
According to Israeli government data, in 2017 there was a 39% increase in expenditure on roads, schools and public buildings in all West Bank settlements.
According to statistics released by the Israeli Ministry of Finance, Israeli spending in the West Bank rose from 1.19 billion shekels ($ 426 million) in 2016 to 1.65 billion shekels ($ 459.8 million) in 2017, the first year Trump in office.
The figures for spending on settlement construction in 2017 are the highest in 15 years, according to data provided by the Israeli Ministry of Finance.
In contrast, the lowest spending on Israeli settlements was in 2009, the year Netanyahu and Obama took office.
The report shows that these figures include government expenditure only, which does not include building and buying houses by individuals, nor does it include spending on police, education, health and military spending. The Israeli government says it provides these services to all Israelis regardless of where they live.
These figures do not include spending in occupied east Jerusalem, which Israel considers part of its capital, although the vast majority of the world does not recognize its annexation.