Ministerial C’tee Approves 4 Golan Heights Settlements Expansion

Minister of National Infrastructures Ariel Sharon: "The decisions are based on government policy to disperse the population and to reinforce settlements."

The Ministerial Committee for Development of Galilee and the Negev, headed by Minister of National Infrastructures Ariel Sharon, reached a series of decisions yesterday concerning the settling of both the Golan Heights and the Negev. The decisions were taken based on proposals suggested by Sharon.

In the Golan Heights the matter is one of expanding the settlements Ramot, Ma’ale Gamla, Kanaf and Had Ness. These settlements are located in the southern Golan Heights on a cliff overlooking the Sea of Galilee from the east. Sharon said this decision has great significance for the development and reinforcement of settlements on the Golan Heights.

Sharon stated that the decision to expand settlements is based on a government decision to expand and develop settlements in essential peripheral areas, which have development potential.

The area east of the Sea of Galilee where the settlements are located is also a potential tourism development area. As part of the plan 2,500 vacation units and 2,300 residential units will be built there. Sharon said that this development plan will create 5,000 jobs.

The Committee also approved the building of four new settlements and a college on the Negev plateau.

Published by Israel's Business Arena August 20, 1998.

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