Plan aims for 1M settlers in Occupied West Bank, amid tensions

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OCCUPIED WEST BANK – Presented to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday, a plan aims to reach a population of 1 million Jewish settlers in the Occupied West Bank. The plan, developed by Samaria Regional Council head Yossi Dagan, includes new cities, industrial parks, a hospital, and an airport. The scheme, involving a group of professionals who worked on it for a year, seeks to expand existing settlements into cities, build new ones, and establish train lines connecting the West Bank to central and northern Israel. An airport and hospital are proposed to accommodate the growing settler population, along with new industrial zones for employment.اضافة اعلان

The plan envisions the expansion of settlements such as Itamar, Avnei Hefetz, Tzufim, and Sal'it. It also includes the resettlement of evacuated 2005 disengagement plan settlements in the northern West Bank, including Homesh. Additionally, a planned city named Ta'anakh is intended to accommodate 30,000 settlers, and Shamir is proposed for the same region, with a capacity for 100,000 settlers, as reported by Ynet News.

The authors believe their plan could alleviate Israel's housing shortages by utilizing uninhabited state land in Northern West Bank. Amid tensions with the U.S. regarding West Bank settlements, the proposal comes as authority transitions from Defense Minister Yoav Gallant to settlement advocate Bezalel Smotrich. Washington criticized the reversal of the 2005 disengagement law and efforts to legalize outposts like Eviatar, disputed for being built on privately owned Palestinian land.

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