Israel Settlement News: “Jews Have Rights in Judea”
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DAILY DOSE | Israeli Defense Minister Naftali Bennett ordered officials to start planning a new Jewish settlement in the heart of the divided West Bank city of Hebron on Sunday.
The announcement came as the prospects of a third snap election since April loomed larger, with Naftali Bennett’s New Right party leaning heavily on settlers for support at the polls.
The Defense Ministry says Bennett instructed ministry departments responsible for the Israeli-occupied West Bank “to notify the Hebron municipality of planning a new Jewish neighborhood in the wholesale market complex”.
The city is holy to both Muslims and Jews and commonly sees clashes between the two sides, with a Palestinian rioter killed by the IDF in the city on Sunday after a petrol bomb attack.
About 800 Israeli settlers live in the ancient city under heavy military protection amid around 200,000 Palestinians.
Sunday’s statement said the planned new building project would “double the number of Jewish residents” in Hebron.
The move comes at a time of political turmoil in Israel after general elections in April and September ended in deadlock. Neither Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and allies like Bennett nor their opponents won enough parliamentary seats to form a viable coalition.
At Sunday’s weekly cabinet meeting, Netanyahu also offered good news for the settlers, pledging 40 million shekels ($11.5 million) for improved security.
“We are strengthening the security components in the communities in Judea and Samaria, of the Israeli citizens there,” he said, using the biblical terms for the West Bank.