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Trump paves way for Israel to expand settlements in Golan

Shortly after US President Donald Trump decided to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights, Israel announced a plan to build 30,000 new housing units for settlers in the area.
A general view shows the village of Ein Qiniyye in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights March 26, 2019. REUTERS/Ammar Awad - RC1E3CB87260

RAMALLAH, West Bank — Israel's Ministry of Housing has confirmed government plans to develop the Golan Heights to accommodate 250,000 Israeli settlers there by 2048, when the country marks its 100th anniversary. The plan, prepared by the ministry in cooperation with the Golan Regional Council and the Council of Katzrin settlement, was revealed one week after US President Donald Trump announced March 25 that the United States would recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights.

The plan is to build 30,000 new housing units in Katzrin, build two new settlements, create 45,000 jobs, develop transportation networks, including railways and airports, and clear land mines from 80,000 dunums (almost 20,000 acres). No further details were available regarding when the plan will be implemented and whom it might employ.

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