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At Golan Heights cabinet meeting, Bennett pledges to double residents of region

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett speaks during a cabinet meeting held on the Golan Heights on December 26, 2021. (Kobi Gideon/GPO)
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett speaks during a cabinet meeting held on the Golan Heights on December 26, 2021. (Kobi Gideon/GPO)

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett says his government is aiming to double the number of residents living in the Golan Heights and announces two new settlements.

“For many, many years there has been stagnation in the scope of settlement [in the Golan],” Bennett tells the cabinet ministers during a meeting held on the Golan Heights. “We have a big gap to fill, and we’re starting with that today.”

Bennett says that after many years without progress, “our goal today is to double the settlement in the Golan Heights.” He announces two new neighborhoods in the town of Katzrin, as well as two new communities to be named Asif and Matar.

The prime minister notes the recognition of the Trump administration of Israel’s control of the Golan Heights, and “the fact that the Biden administration has made it clear that there is no change in this policy.”

He adds that since COVID has proven how many people can now work from home, the Golan is a “great option for those who prefer clean air, space and quality of life.”

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