Weekly Commentary: The Upcoming Freeze Is The Big Ignored Story
Dr. Aaron Lerner 21 August, 2020
Area C , located in the very heart of the country, is important not only for
security reasons. It is basically the only significant major land reserve
near Tel Aviv for our ever growing population.
And we are in an ongoing race with the Palestinians over the control of Area
Israel efforts to stop illegal Arab construction in Area C to date have been
minimal and in recent years we have had an ongoing series of freezes and
semi-freezes on Jewish construction.
Which brings us to the deal with the UAE and other deals in the offing.
The temptation is great to unilaterally freeze both Jewish construction and
the demolition of illegal Arab construction for the time being so as not to
risk killing the deals being worked on.
But how long is "the time being"?
And won't it be argued later that ending the freeze might damage our new
Will we find ourselves lulled into permanently losing most of Area A?
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