Olim Not Flocking to Territories

Only 2 percent of all immigrants who have arrived in Israel during the last five years live in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and the Golan Heights, according to a report in Ha’aretz on Thursday.

During the years 1984 to 1988, 92,000 immigrants arrived in Israel. Only about 2,000 of those now live beyond the Green Line, most of them in West Bank settlements or areas near Jerusalem.

According to an agreement reached by the Finance Ministry and the Ministry of Construction and Housing, 24,000 new homes will be built during the coming year for immigrants from the Soviet Union, of which only a few hundred will be built in the territories.

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