EFRAT, Israel - President Barack Obama has called for a total freeze on all construction, including natural growth, in Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria, known as the West Bank.

Such a freeze would disallow residents to add a room onto their home or prevent their children from building a home of their own in the neighborhood.

The Jewish community of Efrat in the Gush Etzion area of southern Judea, Israel's biblical heartland, is such a community.

Efrat, which was established in 1980 and is home to some 10,000 residents, is located between Bethlehem and Hevron.