(photo credit: Ben Hartman)
Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman on Sunday vowed to send the cabinet a proposal
to build a new Druse community for 500 families in the Western Galilee, to help
ease the housing shortages facing the Druse sector.
Liberman proposed the
plan during a meeting in Beit Jann with leaders from the Druse and Circassian
communities, also attended by Public Security Minister Yitzhak
Liberman said the plan is a continuation of a government
decision from February 13, 2011, to launch a multi-year NIS 680 million
development plan for Druse and Circassian communities in northern
During the meeting, Liberman told those gathered that he is aware
of housing shortages in the Druse community and shortages of land for
One of the locations Liberman proposed is the area known as
Horvat Inbal, once the location of an ancient Druse village.
Nasraladin, a former member of the Knesset for the Likud from 1977 to 1988 and
the founder of the Druse branch of Yad L’Banim, told The Jerusalem Post
Sunday that proposals like Liberman’s are long overdue.
“The time has
come to build a new Druse community. We are all in favor of this. Every
single day the community is increasing, and we have nowhere to
Nasraladin said that by his estimates the Druse community has
grown from 13,000 before the founding of the state to around 120,000 today. He
said the supply of available housing and land has not kept up with the demand,
causing a litany of problems for the community.
The housing shortage has
had a strong effect in particular on young men who finish their army service,
get married and want to build a house, only to find that they have nowhere in
their communities to build legally, placing them in a situation where many end
up violating the law, Nasraladin said.
“We have a shortage of housing for
around 3,000 people in the Druse community.
This program should be only