According to the most recent statistics, the number of residents of areas throughout Yehuda and Shomron has passed the 350,000 mark, now reported at 350,143, Yisrael HaYom reports based on Interior Ministry figures. This number does not include residents of northern Yerushalayim neighborhoods such as N’vei Yaakov, Pisgat Ze’ev, Ramat Eshkol, and Ramot or in the southern capital, Armon HaNatziv and Gilo, all viewed as “occupied” by the international community.
15,579 people decided to make their home in one of the communities throughout Yehuda and Shomron in the past 12 months. The city of Ariel is approaching 50,000 residents and Maale Adumim has surpassed the 45,000 mark. There are 22,000 residents in Gush Etzion. The number of residents outside these major settlement blocs is 233,000.
In the past 12 years, the population of Yehuda and Shomron has almost doubled, from 190,206 in 2000.
MK (Ichud HaLeumi) Yaakov Katz is quoted by the daily Yisrael HaYom expressing satisfaction, predicting there will be over 400,000 residents before the next general election.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)