"The number of Israelis living in the West Bank increased by three percent in the first six months of the year...The population increase came despite the political uncertainty during this time over the future of the West Bank settlements as part of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's unilateral withdrawal plan. At the end of June, the number of Jewish settlers living in the West Bank had reached 260,932, up from 253,748 at the end of last year.
The total growth of nearly 7,200 people in the settlements in the first half of the year can be attributed both to natural growth, as well as people moving to the settlements...In contrast, the far-left settlement watchdog group Peace Now called the increased settlement growth "severe" - Jpost
יב וְכַאֲשֶׁר יְעַנּוּ אֹתוֹ, כֵּן יִרְבֶּה וְכֵן יִפְרֹץ; וַיָּקֻצוּ, מִפְּנֵי בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל
Exodus 1:12 But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and the more they spread abroad. And they were adread because of the children of Israel.