Road 593, Samaria [Photo Credit: Daniel Ventura]

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu announced at Sunday’s Cabinet meeting that a proposed NIS 116 billion ($33 billion) infrastructure program would be expanded to include a wide-ranging plan to build roads in Judea and Samaria. Before the close of the cabinet meeting, the infrastructure program would have only allowed for the allocation of a tiny fraction of the total budget (1-5% of the NIS 116 billion).

Samaria Regional Council head Yossi Dagan and other right-wing activists appealed to the Cabinet ministers to amend the plan to include Judea and Samaria. As a result, the ministers presented their position on the matter at a meeting of Likud ministers Sunday. According to media outlet Arutz Sheva, under a newer plan, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu added NIS 600 million ($168 million) to the budget for paving of bypass roads in Judea and Samaria.

Earlier during the Sunday Cabinet meeting, Netanyahu voted to renew works on the new community of Amichai, the first new community to be sanctioned by the government in 25 years. Just over a week ago, at a ceremony celebrating 50 years since Jewish life returned to Samaria, Netanyahu renewed his dedication to the development of the Judea and Samaria regions of Israel and promised that Judea and Samaria would never be abandoned. At the start of August, Netanyahu declared his support for the community and announced his plans to expand the city and to discuss his plan to create a new road which would connect Beitar Illit to Jerusalem.

Thankfully, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Israeli government has been pro-building and pro-expansion in the Judea and Samaria regions. In fact, many consider the current Israeli government to be the most favorable government toward Judea and Samaria in Israel’s history.