Samaria Roads Face Flood of PA Drivers (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Maayana Miskin 03/18/12)
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Jews living in Judea and Samaria have faced increasingly unsafe roads
in recent months, with terror attacks and violent carjackings by
Palestinian Authority (PA) Arabs on the rise. Now they are dealing
with a new potential threat as the PA plans to bring thousands more
Arab drivers onto Israeli roads.
The PA is planning to connect the new Arab city of Rawabi to the
trans-Binyamin highway, Highway 465. The city is to be home to over
Plans to connect Rawabi to the road recently were approved by the IDF
Jews living in the region held a protest against the plans on Sunday.
Protesters pointed out that not only could terrorists make use of PA
traffic on the road to carry out attacks, but the heavy increase in
traffic would pose other dangers.
Highway 465 is already a dangerous road with many twists and turns,
and adding more cars would add fatalities, said Binyamin Regional
Council head Avi Roeh, who spoke to Arutz Sheva about the rally.
Roeh pointed out that former Civil Administration head Yoav Mordechai
had recommended against putting Rawabi residents and Israeli drivers
on the same road, and had suggested that instead a road be built
under Highway 465 to connect Rawabi to existing PA roads. That
solution would allow freedom of movement to Rawabi residents without
endangering others, he said.
The Civil Administration has said that the planned connection between
Rawabi and Highway 465 would be temporary. However, Roeh said,
residents remain concerned, as there appear to be no plans for a
different traffic arrangement.
If the Civil Administration were to connect Rawabi to Israel roads
while at the same time planning a permanent connection to PA
highways, local Jews might feel differently, he added. As it is, he
said, “There is nothing more permanent than ‘temporary.’”
Alongside the protest, Jewish leaders in the area are working to
convince relevant parties such as the Transportation Minister and
members of Knesset of the dangers.
Several other concerns have been raised regarding Rawabi. Local Jews
have expressed fear that its location overlooking an Israeli highway
could increase attacks. In addition, construction of the city has
been linked to a PA boycott of Israel, the uprooting of JNF trees,
and regional pollution.
The city has found an unlikely ally in staunchly pro-Land of Israel
MK Yaakov "Ketzaleh" Katz, who says the PA should keep building
Rawabi full force -- so that it can someday serve as a home to
millions of Jews who make aliyah to Israel. (IsraelNationalNews ©
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