JERUSALEM (Jul. 30)
Yaacov Tsur, chairman of the Jewish National Fund, said here that the JNF’s policy was to acquire as much land as possible, wherever it was possible, including the territories. But Tsur, in a radio interview, would not go into details, saying it was better to talk less about these matters. He did say that land is being acquired in the Gush Etzior area for the development of existing settlements.
Tsur said land was bought from anyone willing to sell it, including companies and religious institutions. But he said it was governmental policy that the land be bought only by public bodies.
Meanwhile, the JNF has announced it will build a 6.5 kilometer road to link Nazareth to the British Royal Forest which was planted earlier this year to honor Queen Elizabeth H-silver wedding. The forest, on Mount Deborah, will have one million trees. The road, which will be constructed by blasting out bedrock, will provide a scenic view of the Jezreel Valley, one of Israel’s most beautiful spots.