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Exclusive: the ´7 Finger´ Plan for 300 Homes (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gil Ronen 06/13/12) Source: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/156855#.T9jbCxdo2uk
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Arutz Sheva has obtained details of a plan drawn up by the Defense Ministry for building 300 new homes in Beit El, in accordance with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu´s commitment to make up for the demolition of 30 homes there.
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The map provided by the Defense Ministry outlines seven "fingers" – so called because of their elongated topographical shape – in which the new housing can be built. However, all seven locations require approval from the State Attorney´s Office, which is notoriously leftist and opposed to the Jewish presence in Judea and Samaria (Yehuda and Shomron).
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The first location offered is a 21 dunam (roughly 5 acre) plot on "state land" near the pre-military academy.
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The second is a plot on which 83 units can be built. It is land that was expropriated through a military order and thus any construction there would require approval from the State Attorney and the Minister of Defense.
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The third "finger" is a plot that can hold 39 housing units – but it also was obtained through military expropriation.
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The fourth location is a 136 dunam (about 34 acre) plot east of Beit El. It would require approvals from the Deputy Legal Advisor to the Government as well as government-level approval for enlarging Beit El´s municipal area and would require advancement of zoning and planning procedures.
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The fifth planned location is the Border Police base. These are "state lands" within the Beit El limits but the plot is only eight dunams (two acres) in size.
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The sixth location is the Binyamin Brigade base that takes up 43 dunams (almost 11 acres) of "state land." Construction there would require relocation of the military base.
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The seventh suggested location is another Border Police base that takes up 10 dunams (2.5 acres). Construction there would require relocation of the base and enlargement of Beit El´s municipal area.
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A political source said Wednesday: "At this time, it appears that Netanyahu fooled the residents when he promised them 300 residential units. Netanyahu knew that the legal establishment would not approve construction on land designated as ´military expropriation´ and it seems unlikely anyone is about to relocate military bases anytime soon. Netanyahu has a problem but my recommendation is that he should tell the public the truth even if it is unpleasant, rather than deceiving it. Netanyahu needs to begin ruling." (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 06/13/12)
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