Bennett announces major drive to quadruple population of Golan Heights

PM says increasing Israeli presence on plateau captured from Syria is a ‘strategic goal,’ notes Biden administration hasn’t reversed US recognition of area as Israeli territory

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett attends the Golan Heights Conference on Economics and Regional Development on October 11, 2021. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett announced Monday that the government intends to dramatically increase the number of people living on the Golan Heights and stressed that the Biden administration continues to recognize the northern plateau as Israeli territory.

Speaking at the Makor Rishon Golan Conference in Haspin, a moshav commonly known as Hispin, Bennett said that in six weeks the government will present a plan to greatly boost the population, including the construction of two new communities.

The ultimate goal, he said, was to hit 100,000 residents, almost four times the current population of around 27,000.

 

“The Golan Heights is Israeli, period,” Bennett said to applause.

Describing the Golan as a “strategic goal,” he said “our aim is to double, and then double again the number of residents on the Golan Heights.”

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