The government reportedly doubled the budget of a new settlement for evacuees of the illegal Amona outpost during a Wednesday meeting of cabinet ministers and settler leaders.
Last week, construction for the new Amichai settlement was halted after just over a month due to lack of funds.
According to a Channel 2 news report Wednesday, Housing Minister Yoav Galant announced that the budget for Amichai would be increased from NIS 60 million ($18 million) to NIS 120 million ($36 million).
The announcement came during a meeting at the Prime Minister’s Office, according to the report.
Galant also agreed to have his ministry take direct responsibility for the settlement’s construction instead of the Binyamin Regional Council, which had previously been spearheading the project.
There was no immediate response from representatives of Amona evacuees.
The Binyamin Regional Council had been bankrolling the building of what will be the first new settlement in a quarter century under the assumption that it would be compensated by the state.
However, council representatives said the government had not contributed, forcing them to stall the project for the 42 families evacuated in February after the Supreme Court ruled that their outpost had been built on private Palestinian land.
Speaking with The Times of Israel last week, Binyamin Regional Council chairman Avi Roeh said the halt “had nothing to do with lack of willingness from the government.”
The Times of Israel covers one of the most complicated, and contentious, parts of the world. Determined to keep readers fully informed and enable them to form and flesh out their own opinions, The Times of Israel has gradually established itself as the leading source of independent and fair-minded journalism on Israel, the region and the Jewish world.
We've achieved this by investing ever-greater resources in our journalism while keeping all of the content on our site free.
Unlike many other news sites, we have not put up a paywall. But we would like to invite readers who can afford to do so, and for whom The Times of Israel has become important, to help support our journalism by joining The Times of Israel Community. Join now and for as little as $6 a month you can both help ensure our ongoing investment in quality journalism, and enjoy special status and benefits as a Times of Israel Community member.