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Israel to expand, build new settlements in Golan Heights

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Israel plans to significantly expand its civilian presence in the Golan Heights that were annexed by Israel in 1981 but are not recognized internationally. “After many static years regarding the scope of community life, our goal today is to double the population of the Golan Heights,” Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said on Sunday at a special government meeting in Kibbutz Mevo Chama near the Sea of Galilee. He said two new neighbourhoods were to be built in the town of Katzrin. Furthermore, two new settlements are to be built, named Asif and Matar. Investments of some 1 billion shekels (310 mi…

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