'Political constraints don't interest me'

Yesha Council Chairman to A7: 'Plans for construction in Judea and Samaria lacking; we mustn't wait.'

Eliran Aharon-Mordechai Sones,

Chananel Durani
Chananel Durani
Yesha Council

Yesha Council Chairman Hananel Durani told Arutz Sheva that there are not enough construction plans in Judea and Samaria, and that there are not enough contingency plans for when the Prime Minister does decide to thaw construction within Yesha communities.

"I do not see the main freeze as a construction freeze; there is a lack of building plans" says Durani when asked about the current construction situation. "Even today, when the freeze breaks, there are not enough plans, so today we have to work very hard, not to wait, to prepare parallel plans and to advance whatever we can," Durani said.

Durani is not impressed by the political pressures arrayed against the Prime Minister. "Netanyahu's constraints are less interesting to me. I call for normalization all the time - completely open construction and planning, like Herzliya and Ra'anana, which run ahead according to planning and building laws, that's what I want in Judea and Samaria.

"I refuse to understand [sic] what stops Netanyahu from letting up completely and we'll continue to conduct negotiations on this issue. Our job is to be prepared to submit plans to be prepared to receive permits," he explains.

The chairman of the Yesha Council calls for tall buildings in Judea and Samaria, and says there is already such construction in Jewish towns such as Eli, Talmon, Kiryat Arba, and the haredi towns: "This happens much more than in the past. We woke up late on the issue of rational exploitation of the land, high-concentration construction is order of the day in my eyes, to reach a high point in order to reach a million residents in Judea and Samaria "I think we should build upward in order to reach a million residents in Judea and Samaria."

Durani is aware of the possibility that Trump will soon lay down a paper to start diplomatic negotiations. "I have no doubt that something is going on, the administration has a greater understanding of the Israeli side, but you still see delegations coming and going. I assume that soon there will be paper.

"Our job is to promote the prevailing perception that the idea of two states has never been realistic, an idea born of the despair of the Israeli Left. There's no place in our country for two states and we'll continue to struggle against it," he asserts.