Photo Credit: Nati Shohat / Flash 90
Israeli children play in the city of Beitar Illit, July 3, 2017.

On Thursday morning, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to visit the hareidi-religious city of Beitar Illit, where he is to attend a ceremony to lay the cornerstone for a new housing project.

The Judean city, located a few minutes south of Jerusalem, is the second largest in Judea and Samaria with a population of nearly 50,000 people.


The project is slated to produce 1,000 new homes, according to the city’s spokesperson. Infrastructure for the development of a new hilltop in the city has already been completed.

The city is named for the ancient Jewish city of Beitar, whose ruins like just a kilometer – less than a mile – from the community.


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.