Cabinet OKs compensation over construction freeze


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s Cabinet approved an outline for compensating those who have suffered damages due to the freeze on construction in the West Bank.

The outline approved Sunday would provide compensation to new home buyers, contractors and local councils, according to the Prime Ministers’ office. Details of the criteria will be released at a later date.

The decision to approve the outline requires no legislation or approval from additional government bodies and can be implemented immediately. At least two Cabinet members had submitted private compensation bills. Those will be withdrawn, according to the statement. 

The compensation awards will be decided upon by a special committee also established Sunday.

"I welcome this just and humanitarian decision," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.

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