Last week, my colleagues in the Israeli Peace Now movement issued two blockbuster reports. These
weren't the regular "more construction was announced" fare. These reports have huge implications, both negative
and positive, for peace and the two-state solution.
The Bad News: Settlement Construction Surges, Even Without Tenders
Peace Now documented a 70 percent increase in new
construction starts in settlements during the first six months of 2013, as compared to the same period in 2012.
That's in addition to a huge number of units completed or on which work was ongoing during this period--altogether
translating to 3,070 units which are or will soon be available to house new settlers. Assuming a family of five,
this translates to around 15,000 new settlers.