JERUSALEM (VINnews) — The new Israeli government is promoting plans which would lead to a massive population increase in the Jewish population of Judea and Samaria, according to a report by Yisrael Hayom.
In the wake of last week’s evacuation of an outpost and the dispute between Smotrich and Defense Minister Galant over the transfer of authority in the region to Smotrich, Prime Minister Netanyahu met with both senior ministers to finalize the transfer of authority to Smotrich.
The transfer is a key condition of the Religious Zionist Party’s membership in the current government, and was included in the coalition agreement between the party and the Likud.
The transfer of authority, deemed a “mini-annexation”, will enable the government to reduce bureaucratic delays on Israeli construction in Judea and Samaria, as the matter will be deemed a civic issue and will not require consent of the Defense Minister.
This will enable significant expansion of roads in the region, which have been developed based on the Israeli population and not the entire population of the region, leading to huge traffic jams in bottleneck areas used heavily by Israelis and Palestinians.
The proposed reform would make it easier for the Environmental Protection Ministry to enforce existing regulations against the dumping of illegal liquid waste, the illegal burning of trash, and the illegal burying of waste – all three of which are common practices in many Arab villages in the area.
Other planned reforms would cancel the current limits on Israeli construction, enabling rapid expansion of Israeli towns in Judea and Samaria.
At present, all Israeli construction plans for Judea and Samaria must be approved by no less than five different entities.
Under the plan now under consideration, the approval process would be streamlined, reducing the number of permits required from five to two, not only dramatically easing the process but shortening the time necessary to begin construction.
Furthermore, the reform plan would require more frequent meetings of the Higher Planning Committee, the key authority authorizing new construction. The authority will meet every month, as opposed to every three months in the previous Netanyahu government and every six months in the Bennett-Lapid government. This will also aid in expediting the construction process in the region.
Some 18,000 new housing units are pending approval from the committee, and are expected to be green-lighted in the coming months.