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Jewish Agency to Develop Projects for New Settlement at Kfar Etzion

The Jewish Agency announced today that several new projects will be initiated shortly on the site of Kfar Etzion, a complex of Orthodox settlements which was captured by the Jordanian Arab Legion in the bitter fighting that preceded the Liberation War in 1948. The area was retaken in the Six-Day War and a settlement reestablished there by children of the original settlers, most of whom were massacred by the Arabs.

Yehuda Dekel, head of the Jerusalem area of the Agency’s settlement department, said the projects would include a metal-working plant and a large restaurant to cater to tourists. Kfar Etzion is southwest of Jerusalem near the Bethlehem-Hebron road.