Israel Mulling Construction of New Palestinian City in West Bank

A security source confirmed that the possibility is being discussed in the defense establishment, but there has been no significant progress toward approving the plan.

Moti Milrod

Israel is examining the possibility of establishing a new Palestinian city in the West Bank, officials say.

The Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar reported last month that Israel is preparing to build two Palestinian towns in the northern area of the West Bank, in addition to the newly-built city of Rawabi. Responding to the report, Israeli officials said that a proposal for the construction of one city in the Samaria region has been submitted by a Palestinian developer, and that it is undergoing a preliminary examination.

A security source confirmed to Haaretz that the possibility is being discussed in the defense establishment. However, the source said that there has been no significant progress toward approving the plan. It is possible that the plan, the approval of which is expected to take some time, is part of the series of gestures that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will extend to the Palestinians.

The confidence-building measures were presented during Netanyahu's meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington on Monday