In the wake of the terrorist attacks in Kiryat Arba and Otniel, the government is advancing a 50 million shekel ($13 million) plan for the development of the Har Chevron communities, particularly Kiryat Arba and its environs.
Emphasis is being placed on upgrading security and infrastructure.
The project has been on the government’s agenda for several weeks, though it was expedited following the recent attacks.
Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel (Jewish Home), who initiated the project, said: “The terrorists are trying to remove us from here and we need to remain strong and connected…We defeat Arab terror through settlement activity alongside security actions. That’s how it is along Gaza, that’s how it is on the northern border, and also on Har Chevron.
“Our message is that everywhere they murder us, we will add to the life. Everywhere they destroy, we will build and plant. It is always right to develop these communities, and especially during these times.”