Yaalon Gives Green Light to New Palestinian City

YERUSHALAYIM -

A new Palestinian city is on the drawing board.

Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon has given the green light to proceed with plans to build a new Palestinian Authority-run urban center near Yericho, according to media reports.

According to the reports, the Civil Administration of Yehudah and Shomron is at work on the project, which will be situated on some 2,000 dunams of land, or 494 acres.

Nu’aimah, as the city is to be named, is supposed to house tens of thousands of residents.

A source in the Defense Ministry said, “The new city is being built as a residential response for Palestinian and Bedouin populations currently living illegally on state land.”

The head of the Jordan Valley Regional Council, David Elhayani, warned on Tuesday that Israel would lose the Valley because of the construction of the new Arab city.

“The city will consist of over 1,100 lots and will have housing for 10,000 people,” he told Arutz Sheva. “In addition, a smaller Arab village is planned for the area.”