The Jordan Valley Regional Council will fight to prevent the construction of a PA city on its lands, the Council’s head said.
David Alhiani, chairman of the JordanValleyÂ Regional Council, toldÂ Arutz ShevaÂ in an interview Tuesday that Israel was set to lose theÂ ValleyÂ — and it was all the fault of the government. The construction of a new ArabÂ cityÂ in the JordanÂ Valley, as announced by the Civil Administration, will effectively close off a large portion of theÂ ValleyÂ to Israelis, he said.
“TheÂ cityÂ will consist of over 1,100 lots, and will have housing for 10,000 people,” Alhiani said. “In addition, a smaller Arab village is planned for the area.”
Alhiani blames the Civil Administration for trying to steal lots that belong to IsraeliÂ townsin the areal. The government was not informed, he said. “The people who are going to be getting thisÂ cityÂ areÂ criminalsÂ who started out by squatting and living in tents, then moved on to makeshift shelters, and finally began illegal construction of homes. Now the government is giving its stamp of approval to this behavior,” he said.
The problem has been clear and growing for years, he added, but the Civil Administration chose to ignore it — and is now trying to “cover its tracks” by officially legalizing theÂ city.
Alhiani said that he and other officials would fight hard against the move. “If they were building in Area B, under PA civil Administration, that would be one thing. But this newcityÂ is going to be on Israeli public lands, in Area C. The Civil Administration acted like a thief in the night, arranging everything in secret, and only revealing its plans at the last possible second. The are building this project on land meant for development by the JordanÂ ValleyÂ Regional Council. We will not allow this to happen,” he added.
The Civil Administration said it had no comment on the matter.