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The Prime Minister's Office is trying to help solve a dispute over land compensation between the Trans-Israel Highway company and the towns of Tira and Taibeh. There is concern that riots could break out if the land is expropriated for the highway before a settlement is reached. Uri Shani of the prime minister's office and Minister Without Portfolio Salah Tarif have already met twice with representatives of Trans-Israel Highway and residents in the affected communities.