'The 'settlements' are a fait accompli'

Gush Etzion Regional Council head argues there is no reason not to declare sovereignty over the Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria.

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Conference at Ariel University
Conference at Ariel University
Association of Cities for the Environment of Samaria

Ariel University held its annual conference on Judea, Samaria, and the Jordan Valley Thursday.

Dozens of new studies were presented during the conference on various topics relating to Judea and Samaria, such as environmental planning under the geopolitical situation, archaeology, flora and fauna in Judea and Samaria, as well as studies on economics and society.

During the day, a meeting took place to address the issue of environmental planning under the current geopolitical situation, attended by the Director General of the Association of Cities for the Environment in Samaria, Yitzhak Meir, the head of the Civil Administration in Judea and Samaria Brigadier General Ben-Hur, the Chief Scientist of the Israel Nature and Parks Authority Dr. Yehoshua Shkedi - who is also the chairman of the environmental status of Judea and Samaria.

The director of the Association of Cities for the Environment in Samaria, Yitzhak Meir, addressed the environmental planning meeting and said: "The annual conference on the subject of environmental planning in Judea and Samaria must discuss and share with the public deliberations about the directions that are required of us these days. The association, which for the past 25 years has been involved in environmental planning in the 15 local municipalities of the region, is required to examine ways to increase sustainability and green building within the Jewish communities and to deal with the geopolitical situation created in the open areas."

"The difficulties in planning the conservation of resources in an area where there is political uncertainty must act as a catalyst for action," he added.

Earlier, the head of the Gush Etzion Regional Council, Shlomo Ne'eman, reiterated his recent call to declare Israeli sovereignty over Judea and Samaria and to rein in Israel's goodwill gestures to the PA. "The research and development activity observes and studies the civilian life of the residents of Judea and Samaria, [and that] is normalization in practice. I called on the government to apply sovereignty over all of Judea and Samaria. Jewish life here is neither a factory nor a project, it is a fait accompli on the ground."