Yesha Security Barrier Construction to Resume (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gabe Kahn 07/05/12)
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An IDF source on Thursday said Israel will resume construction of its
incomplete security barrier in Judea and Samaria (Shomron) in the
Restarting construction of the barrier – slammed by Jewish and Arab
leaders in the region alike – comes after a five-year delay due
to "budget problems."
A series of lawsuits over the route of the security barrier, which
currently snakes through the western reaches of Judea and Samaria had
also stalled construction.
Colonel Ofer Hindi outlined the government plans to resume
construction work in a session before the Supreme Court on Wednesday.
Hindi told the court that work will first resume in the Gush Etzion
bloc near Bethlehem. In 2013, work will resume around Maale Adumim to
the east of Jerusalem.
Israel began work on the barrier in 2002 during the height of the
second intifada, and has defended the necessity of its construction,
pointing to a drop in attacks as proof of its success.
The Palestinian Authority claims the barrier is a land grab, pointing
out that when complete, 85% of it will have been built inside Judea
However, the Netanyahu government has stated its policy is to retain
Israel´s main settlement blocs in the region while compensating the
PA with ´land swaps.´ (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 07/05/12)
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