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3 More Settlements Approved for Gaza Strip

The Ministerial Settlement Committee decided yesterday to establish three new settlements in the Gaza Strip and to speed up the completion of three others in that region. Two of the new settlements will be located in the northern part of the strip and the third in the south.

The committee also adopted resolutions calling for the enlargement of Jewish settlements in the Gaza region and to implement the first stage of a World Zionist Organization Settlement Department program to enlarge Jewish settlements on the West Bank. The program prepared by the department’s chairman, envisions a Jewish population of 100,000 on the West Bank by the turn of the century. It is presently about 20,000.