Al Rawabi 311.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
The Knesset’s Land of Israel Lobby warned on Wednesday that plans for a
temporary trucking route to the Palestinian city of Rawabi in the Binyamin
region of the West Bank could lay the groundwork for a permanent
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Defense sources rejected the claim, explaining that a civil
administration committee debated on Tuesday the possibility of creating a
temporary trucking route to Rawabi that would go through Area C, which is under
full Israeli control.
The sources said that no decision was likely to be
reached, and it could be a week or two before a decision is made on the
The defense sources stressed that this route was not, and would
not, become the main road to the city – and that it would be used solely to help
construction trucks reach their respective destinations there.
co-chairman MK Aryeh Eldad (National Union), warned that the civil
administration was trying to pull the wool over everyone’s eyes. He warned that
it will start as a temporary road, but end up as a permanent one.
road, he added, is also a security risk because it places Palestinian vehicles
very close to Jewish homes in nearby settlements. It also cuts through
the Binyamin region, dividing it.
Lastly, he said, the approval procedure
should be public, not debated behind closed doors.