Israeli Settlement in Latrun Area Will Be Established by Nahal

The first Israeli settlement in the Latrun area of what was formerly Jordan will be established next week by Nahal members of the Poalei Agudat Israel youth movement. The new settlement will cover 750 acres. Nahal is an outfit that combines pioneering and military functions.

A new moshav (small-holders settlement), sponsored by Young Judea of the United States and supported by Hadassah, will be established shortly on the site of the defunct kibbutz Neve Illan in the former Jerusalem corridor. Dr. Raanan Weitz, head of the Jewish Agency’s settlement department, said the moshav would establish several kinds of business ventures because the land is not suited to agriculture. They will include a motel, country club, school for retarded children and an electronics factory. Some members of the moshav will commute to work in Jerusalem 10 miles.

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