Arab Building Plans Approved in Area C

YERUSHALAYIM -

A number of building plans and permits have been approved for Arabs in area C in Yehudah and Shomron, apparently as part of Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman’s carrots and sticks policy.

The security cabinet decision, the first of its kind in several years, was kept under wraps to avoid protest from Jewish communities in the region, according to a Ha’aretz report Thursday. The decision was made on October 5.

Among those attending the meeting at which a vote was taken, Prime Minister Netanyahu, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, Interior Minister Rabbi Aryeh Deri, Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz and Construction Minister Yoav Galant voted in favor, whereas Education Minister Naftali Bennett voted against it and Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked left a note opposing it.

Area C is under full Israeli civil and military control.