Gov't approves 42 new homes for Kiryat Arba

Prime minister, defense minister approve construction project in neighborhood where Hallel Ariel was murdered in her bed Thursday.

Ari Soffer,

Netanyahu pays condolence call to Ariel family
Netanyahu pays condolence call to Ariel family
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman announced late Friday their decision to approve 42 new housing units in the town of Kiryat Arba near Hevron, where a terrorist murdered a 13-year-old girl in her bed on Thursday.

The new houses will be built in the same part of the town where the young victim of that attack, Hallel Yaffa Ariel, lived.

Tenders for the housing units in question were initially issued a year and a half ago, but they were frozen for political reasons. The government's decision yesterday essentially green-lighted construction to begin.

In addition, the decision was made to enact a total lockdown of the Arab settlements in the Hevron area, and to cancel all work permits issued to resident of the village of Bani Naim, where Hallel's murderer lived - a total of 2,800 permits.

The government also decided to build a special cemetery for the bodies of terrorists slain while murdering or attempting to murder Israelis. The funds needed to build the cemetery will be deducted from the tax revenue which Israel collects for the Palestinian Authority.

The Government Security Cabinet will meet at 10:00 p.m. tonight (Saturday) to discuss the surge of attacks last weeks, including a proper response to the murder of Michael Marc, who was gunned down in front of his children late Friday afternoon south of Hevron.




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