JERUSALEM (Jul. 5)
The Gush Emunim has prepared a new settlement plan which envisages a Jewish majority in the West Bank by the end of the century. Details of the plan were presented today to government ministers. The Gush will stage protest strikes outside the Premier’s office to back up their contention that the government has failed to act in settling the West Bank.
Representatives of Gush Emunim appeared today before the Ministerial Settlement Committee and demanded that the settlement of the “Tapuah” group in Samaria be speeded up. However, the committee said there were not sufficient funds for continued settlements. Committee chairman Ariel Sharon said he will ask the Treasury for quicker allocation of funds for settlement purposes.
The ministerial committee also determined today the borders of the region allocated for the town of Maale Adumim, just east of Jerusalem. The town will replace the present settlement of Maale Adumim further east down the Jerusalem-Jericho road. Work on the new project will begin next October.