OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– The number of Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank grew by 2.2 % during the first six months of 2013, according to Israel Today newspaper.
The newspaper confirmed that this year’s rate of increase is higher than the overall Israeli population increase rate that was estimated at 1.9% in 2012.
The highest settlers’ increase rate was in the settlements built on al-Khalil Mount by 4.85%, while the settlers’ number grew by 4.1% in Gush Etzion and by 3.2% in settlements built in the northern occupied West Bank.
The settler population in the occupied West Bank stood at 367,000 settlers at beginning of July 2013, the newspaper added, saying that 7,700 new settlers joined these settlements.
The Israeli newspaper stated that Har Homa settlement received new settlers with an increase by 21%, while Msheejut and Rotem settlements built in Jordan Valley recorded an increase by 14% in receiving new settlers and 10% in Nahaliel settlement built in Ramallah.
During the first six months of 2012, the number of Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank grew by 2.25% where 5,200 settlers have moved to settle in West Bank settlements, Israel Today said.
Assistant Secretary General of the West Bank settlements has called on the Israeli government to increase settlement construction in the occupied West Bank due to the increasing number of settlers moving to West Bank settlements.
Commenting on these facts, Peace Now organization stated that it would be impossible to achieve the two-state solution.
(Source / 06.08.2013)