(IsraelNN.com) Defense Minister Ehud Barak has announced he will increase the number of inspectors within Judea and Samaria checking for unauthorized Jewish construction. The decision is expected to cost Israeli taxpayers over a million dollars a year. The move comes in the wake of increasing U.S. pressure to implement sanctions against Jewish growth in Judea and Samaria.
Barak says he simply wants to enforce the law, but Land of Israel activists have long criticized the government for discriminating against Jews by ignoring widespread illegal Arab building and concentrating only on Jewish construction. The new inspectors are to begin working in the near future.