(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)
 
In continuation of the Cabinet decision regarding the temporary suspension of new construction in Judea and Samaria, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today (Sunday), 7 March 2010, approved the outline for compensating the various elements that were adversely affected by the decision. The outline was prepared by a team led by Cabinet Secretary Tzvi Hauser, with the participation of professional representatives from the Finance, Defense and Justice Ministries, as well as from the Prime Minister’s Office.
 
In the framework of the outline, it was decided to set uniform criteria, for providing compensation, on three tracks: To those who purchased apartments, to contractors and those with building permits and one-time compensation to those local councils that were adversely affected by the decision. The detailed criteria will be issued in the coming days.
 
The outline will be implemented by a professional committee as set forth in the Cabinet decision.
 
It should be emphasized that this decision requires neither legislation nor approval from additional forums; therefore, it may be implemented immediately. The outline thus renders unnecessary those private bills that have been submitted. In light of the foregoing, Cabinet Secretary Hauser has reached agreement with MK Danny Danon and MK Uri Ariel regarding the withdrawal of the bills that were recently submitted to the Ministerial Committee on Legislation.
 
Prime Minister Netanyahu said, "I welcome this just and humanitarian decision."