Israel's Defense Ministry approved the construction of 50 new homes Monday in the settlement of Adam, north of Jerusalem, to house evacuees from another settlement, Migron in the West Bank, that is being shut down, Reuters reports. The announcement, according to Reuters, comes as Defense Minister Ehud Barak embarks on a trip to the United States to discuss the settlement issue with President Barack Obama, who has unequivocally called for all settlement activities to cease.
The 50 homes are said to part of a larger plan that would build up to 1,450 new units in Adam, Haaretz reports, however, Barak's office is denying this number as rumor. From Haaretz:
A media advisor to Barak denied the report of a plan to build 1,450 new homes.
"The Defense Ministry approved the construction of 50 housing units only in the community of Adam, which will serve the evacuees from the settlement of Migron," Army Radio quoted the advisor as writing.
"All other reports speaking of the construction of 1,450 housing units are erroneous, tendentious and incorrect."