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Israeli Leaders Pledge to Increase Jewish Population in Judea and Samaria


JERUSALEM, Israel – Senior Knesset members pledge to increase the amount of Jewish settlers in historical Judea and Samaria (West Bank) from approximately 450,000 to two million.

Israel Hayom reported Tuesday that Likud party members and other right-leaning parliament officials signed a declaration overnight to support the "Nahalah" movement. The proposal is referred to as the "Shamir Plan," which is named after former Prime Minister Yitzak Shamir.

Shamir was a strong defender of Israeli settlements in Judea and Samaria and wanted to boost the Jewish presence there.

In recent weeks, the Nahalah movement has protested outside of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's residence, urging him to abandon the two-state solution and support more Jewish settlers in Judea and Samaria.

If the Shamir Plan is implemented, the Jewish population in Judea and Samaria will be close to that of the Arab population. The Palestinian Authority says there are 3 million Arabs living there but some Israeli experts dispute that figure.

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