Security cabinet debates building 14,000 new Palestinian homes in Area C

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    Security cabinet debates building 14,000 new Palestinian homes in Area C
    By Herb Keinon, Tovah Lazaroff
    June 18, 2017 13:16
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    The Security Cabinet will reconsider a plan to allow the Palestinian city of Kalkilya to expand into Area C of the West Bank by building 14,000 new homes there, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Likud ministers on Sunday. The decision followed heavy political pressure on Netanyahu by Likud and Bayit Yehudi ministers to reconsider the plan the security cabinet approved in 2016 to triple the size of Kalkilya.

    Education Minister Naftali Bennett (Bayit Yehudi) posted a tweet after Netanyahu's comments were made public saying that he welcomes a new discussion on the matter. Bennett, who is a member of the security cabinet and voted against the plan in 2016, said in his tweet that “in light of Palestinian incitement they should not be given the prize of building 14,000 homes along Route 6. I hope that this time everyone [in the security cabinet] will join in this position.”

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