Israel has approved the building of a settlement ring road in the northern parts of the occupied West Bank that will lead to the appropriation of large swaths of agricultural lands of Palestinians.
Israeli minister of transportation Miri Regev approved 76 million shekels for the so-called Lubban Bypass, which passes in the vicinity of the Lubban village in Salfit district, the Palestinian Information Center reported, citing an Israeli news website.
It said the project would occupy thousands of dunums of Palestinian agricultural land, adding the ring road is the latest in a series of similar roads approved in various other areas in the occupied West Bank.
A similar road, known as the Hawara bypass, would also expropriate thousands of dunums of Palestinian agricultural land, and work would begin in it soon to the southern parts of Nablus, it further said.
A third such road – the al-Arroub bypass – bypasses the al-Arroub refugee camp in al-Khalil (Hebron).
The Hebrew news website, as cited by the Palestinian Information Center, added that the new project came in light of Regev’s plan to further expand the Israeli occupation of the West Bank through a large network of roads connecting West Bank settlements with transportation lines inside the 1948 Occupied Palestine.
It added that one of the main goals of such projects – set by the Yesha (Settlements) Council in the West Bank last year – is to bring a million Israeli settlers to new settlements in the West Bank within a decade and a half.
Earlier, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz revealed in an investigative report that Tel Aviv intended to carry out the annexation plan through the implementation of expansionary settlement projects in various parts of the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem al-Quds.
Haaretz further said that the current road projects aimed to connect settlements to major Israeli cities and to limit the development of Palestinian cities.