Photo Credit: Sraya Diamant/TPS
Construction project at Neve Menachem neighborhood in Karnei Shomron. June 16, 2019

The Supreme Planning Council of the IDF’s Civil Administration in Judea and Samaria approved on Monday several construction projects in the Binyamin region, including the expansion of the Israeli community Mitzpe Dani, as part of the neighborhood’s legal finalization process.

1,283 housing units and three outline plans were approved by a committee convened by the Civil Administration’s Planning Division.

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Mitzpe Dani is named after Danny Frei who was murdered at the site by an Arab terrorist in 1995. The community was established in 1998.

The move to finalize the plans for the expansion of Mitzpe Dani was pushed by Defense Minister Naftali Bennett.

“Where they tried to hurt us and break our spirits, we will grow and build more. This is the strongest answer to our enemies – a nation building in its country,” Bennett stated.

“The communities in Judea and Samaria were and remain the cornerstone of Zionism. After years of talking about freezing [Israeli construction in the area], we are leading the legal finalization and construction. Most importantly – without apologizing for it,” he added.

Binyamin Regional Council head Yisrael Gantz said the announcement was “significant and joyous” and “will enable us to strengthen our hold on our ancestral lands and to take another step forward in Binyamin and all of Judea and Samaria.”

He expressed hope that “we will soon be able to applaud the application of full Israeli sovereignty to truly and justly develop our amazing country.”

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