Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu has been successful in his plan to build 6,000 new housing units for Israelis in Area C of the West Bank, an area under Israeli administrative and security control, as well as 700 homes for Palestinians in this same area.
The project was discussed Sunday and Monday at two meetings of the security cabinet, but for now, no resolution has been adopted and several ministers have expressed reservations about the 700 units.
Last night the measure was unanimously approved by the diplomatic-security cabinet
Transport Minister Bezalel Smotrich (Unified Right) was very happy that this measure passed, because it establishes Israel’s right to control what happens in Area C.
“For the first time ever, the State of Israel will implement its sovereignty over the entire territory and take responsibility for what happens inside it. Gone are the days of construction plans pushed by the PA that serve its interests. For the first time, the State of Israel will create a tool basket for real [law] enforcement that will be enacted to neutralize the Palestinian takeover plan,” he said on his Facebook page.
In the past four years, the cabinet has not approved any major construction for Palestinians. However when it comes to housing units for Israelis in Area C, the opposite has been true, where 3,103 Israeli homes had been approved in 2017, and another 3,155 were approved in 2018.
In October 2016, the cabinet initially adopted a comprehensive plan to build 5,100 housing units for Palestinians east and north of Qalqilya, in the Area C region, near Highway 6. The project included the construction of factories, commercial areas, sports fields, a zoo, public buildings, and residential neighborhoods.
This plan caused an uproar among the right-wing parties and was finally abandoned in July 2017.
In the past two years, the Israeli authorities have also demolished nearly 400 Palestinian homes for legal or security reasons.
It is believed that the decision is aimed to show goodwill to the son-in-law of the US President, Jared Kushner, who is expected to visit the Jewish State in a few days.