Jewish Home MK blasts plans for new PA city

MK Shuli Moalem-Refaeli says new city should be conditional on Jewish construction, end to incitement.

Gil Ronen ,

MK Shuli Moalem-Refaeli
MK Shuli Moalem-Refaeli
Gershon Elinson

MK Shuli Mualem-Refaeli (Jewish Home) attacked Monday the reported Israeli approval of the construction of a second new Palestinian Authority (PA) city in Samaria.

Security officials exposed to Walla that the security establishment has advised in favor of establishing the city – in addition to Rawabi, which is about to be populated – so as to create thousands of new jobs for PA Arabs and improve their economy.

"Establishing a new Palestinian city in Samaria is a prize for the Palestinian Authority, which incites and feeds terrorism," the legislator argued.

"In recent years, planning and construction processes in Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem have been frozen," she explained. "In the near future, no new neighborhoods are to be built in Jerusalem and no new communities are expected, despite the housing crisis that has deeply permeated the settlement enterprise as well.

"It is expected that the prime minister make the establishment of new Palestinian cities conditional on stopping incitement, connecting Jerusalem to Maale Adumim and strengthening of the settlement enterprise," she said.