Arab-owned Land Available for Roads

The High Court of Justice has cleared the way for Israel to expropriate Palestinian-owned land to build bypass roads.

The roads would be part of the plan to redeploy Israel Defense Force troops in the West Bank.

The court last week rejected a Palestinian petition, which asked that land past Nablus and Jenin not be used for the roads.

The court accepted the argument of the head of central command, Maj. Gen. Ilan Biran, who said that the roads were essential for security in the redeployment plan.

He said the roads would be used by Jewish settlers in the region during the interim phase, as well as by security forces.

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