Charish Approved by Committee Despite Opposition
By L.S. Wasserman
The National Appeals Committee for the National Council for Planning and Construction approved last week the chareidi city of Charish, thereby defeating a campaign by environmental organizations and Arab and Jewish communities in the Ara Valley opposed to the chareidi city.
The committee rejected most of the claims against the city, but accepted the stance of the Menashe Regional Council, whose communities are located nearby, explicitly determining that the city would be planned to accommodate 50,000 residents — not triple that number, as the Ministry of Construction and Housing originally planned.
The Ministry plans to build the city on the site now occupied by the 300-family community of Charish. Environmental groups and local residents claimed it would go up at the expense of the existing population, harm green areas and stymie the development of Arab towns.