Israel Plans To Double Settlement Area In Jordan Valley
Israel has announced a plan to double the size of its settlements in the strategic Jordan Valley area in the West Bank. The move was announced in Haaretz daily financial paper The Marker. The plan foresee's a doubling in agriculture areas given to settlers in the region.
The settler department of the Zionist Federation proposed new plan for the Jordan Valley, which is expected to be approved by the Agriculture Ministry, will raise to 80 Durnams the amount of land given individually to settler farmers, an increase of 130%. The plan also raises from 30 cubic metres to 51 cubic metres of water per settler farmer per year in an area already plauged by water shortages for Palestinian farmers.
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