Israelis plan five new West Bank settlements

Friday, July 06, 2007 |  by Staff Writer

A group of Israelis is planning to establish five new settlements in Judea and Samaria (the West Bank) in the coming weeks and months, reported Israel National News.

Land of Israel Faithful official Yehudit Katzover explained that the new communities will not be small hilltop outposts like the ones the Israeli government is under US pressure to remove, but rather will be large neighborhoods with permanent housing and thousands of residents.

The organization is already recruiting families to live in the new communities.

“We have forgotten the basics. Everything now has become checkpoints and fences and retreats. We must be connected with the Land of Israel, and not let our enemies take it over,” stressed Katzover.

Another Land of Israel Faithful spokesperson, Datia Yitzhaki, told Israel National News that Israelis have “had enough of hiding behind protective walls and defensiveness and withdrawals. It's time to reclaim the pioneering spirit we once had, and start populating the Land again.”

The first community to be built will be a 2,500-home suburb of the Judean town of Efrat. The hill where the homes are to be built is within the municipal boundaries of Efrat, but is slated to be outside of Israel's West Bank security fence, effectively surrendering it to the Palestinians.

Construction on another community south of Efrat on the road to Hebron and three more in Samaria will follow shortly after.

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