Settlers celebrate passing 350,000 mark

Settlers celebrate passing 350,000 mark; Peace Now says figures are inflated

If current growth rate continues, there will be a million Jews in Judea, Samaria and East Jerusalem by 2016, right-wing MK Yaakov Katz cheers. ‘Then the revolution will be completed’

The Times of Israel: Jewish settlers in the West Bank have crossed the 350,000 mark this year, according to new Interior Ministry figures.

 As of July 2012, some 350,150 Jewish settlers live in Jewish communities in the West Bank, 15,580 more than last year.

If the settlement enterprise keeps on growing at that rate, a population of about 4.5 percent per year, there will be half a million Jews in the area within a few years, according to Interior Ministry date quoted by National Union chairman MK Yaakov Katz.

These figures do not include 300,000 Jews living in East Jerusalem and other neighborhoods of the capital located outside the Green Line, Katz said.

The international community — including some of Jerusalem’s closest allies – vehemently opposes the expansion of Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

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