build, baby, build
Excellent. When slapped, slap back and that is just what our government did. In the face of the Palestinians eschewing peace negotiations and making their little meaningless U.N. bid, the government has approved 3,000 new housing units in our capital city of Jerusalem, as well in as in the areas around it in Judea and Samaria. They are all in communities that are not up for negotiation and that we will retain if at some point the Palestinians, probably in the far distant future, come to their senses and decide to negotiate and negotiate in good faith. They’ve not managed to do that in more than 60 years and I’ve my doubts as to whether they will in another 60.
We should be, and should have been, focusing on building in the E-1 corridor to connect Ma’ale Adumim to Jerusalem. It is not even a quarter of a mile wide but leaves Ma’ale Adumim cut off as a little island city. Cut the red tape, people, and get the projects that have been sitting there on hold for more than 10 years into motion. Build the police station that has long had its foundation dug but nothing else. Let contractors know that the moratorium on the area has been lifted and then fast-track the proposals for residential units that would come flooding in.
We’ve tried the pull people out of their homes and trade that land for peace and have gotten anything but peace in return. We’ve had better luck with putting people into homes in strategic spots and that is the policy we should return to.