Expanding Qalquilya: A Dangerous Plan Temporarily Put On Hold

In what is no less than an absolutely misguided and dangerous idea, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman is promoting a government plan to double the size of the Arab town of Qalqilya by adding up to 14,000 new housing units to it.
Doing so would push the town up against the security barrier running along the pre-1967 line, bringing Qalqilya within extremely close proximity to Highway 6 and Israeli communities, especially Kfar Saba and Kochav Yair.
Thankfully, the vote to enable this to happen was (temporarily) put on hold yesterday, as Netanyahu calculated he did not have to support for it to pass. ‘Qalqilya Plan’ frozen
We find it inexplicable that the government would approve a plan such as this, especially while it promotes a “quiet freeze” on the construction of new Jewish building, regardless of its pronouncements to the contrary.
As Shomron Regional Council head Yossi Dagan said on hearing that the “Qalqilya Plan” has been shelved for now, “I welcome the move. This is one step in the right direction. I call on the Prime Minister to complete the move and remove this hallucinatory plan that endangers the Sharon region and Samaria from the agenda – and to devote a little more time to advancing construction plans for the citizens of the State of Israel in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and throughout the country,”
As if the Arabs need help from Israel in taking over land. Click here for an alarming report on ongoing Arab actions to encroach on land in Gush Etzion by creating illegal “facts on the ground.”

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