Netanyahu meets Jerusalem Belt Forum members
Netanyahu meets Jerusalem Belt Forum membersJerusalem Belt Forum

Representatives of the Jerusalem Belt Forum (Otef Yerushalayaim), who combat illegal Arab construction in the area of ​​Gush Adumim and Highway 1, met today (Thursday) with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

The meeting was attended by officials from the Prime Minister's Office, Boaz Ido, a board member of the Jerusalem Belt Forum, Assistant to the Head of the Binyamin Regional Council Roni Snir, Chairman of the Gush Katif Committee Danny Tirza, Field Coordinator Yaniv Aharoni, and Kfar Adumim resident and social activist Avichai Shurshan.

The meeting was held at the prime minister's initiative after he was made aware of the forum's activities and achievements in the field. During the meeting he was shown maps and aerial photographs of illegal Arab-Bedouin construction financed by the European Union.

In addition, Netanyahu was presented with the problems facing the Jerusalem envelope communities as well as the security and safety dangers faced by drivers on Highway 1.

At the end of the meeting, the prime minister instructed his office and the security and enforcement agencies to increase their presence and enforcement in the field and to bring about the evacuation of the illegal outposts to towns designated and prepared by the state for the residents of those outposts.

The participants in the meeting, including representatives of the Jerusalem Belt Forum, were encouraged by Netanyahu's comments regarding the solutions to the problem of illegal construction in the Gush Adumim area.

The Jerusalem Belt Forum said following the meeting: "We congratulate the prime minister on his willingness find a permanent solution to the problems that were presented to him regarding the illegal construction carried out with European funding. We are hopeful that the issues and solutions raised at the meeting will indeed be implemented."

Avichai Shurshan added, "We welcome the meeting at the initiative of the prime minister, who understands the seriousness of the situation on the ground and wants to hear from residents and field personnel who are experiencing the reality of the Bedouin invasion of Area C in the Jerusalem envelope."

"We are full of hope and willingness to continue working with the security and enforcement agencies alongside the Prime Minister's Office, so that what was said at the meeting is indeed implementation on the ground," Shurshan said.