A delegation of the Israeli Civil Administration visited on Friday the Jordan Valley Regional Council, compromising 21 illegal settlements, to discuss ways to establish new development projects in the Jordan Valley settlements, Israeli media sources said.
The meeting was attended by David El Hayani, mayor of the Jordan Valley Regional Council, and Aravot HaYarden, chairman of the council.
The discussion covered means of developing agriculture, tourism, and other economic sectors in the settlements.
Nearly one million tourists visited the Jordan Valley last year, half of whom came to visit the religious sites in the area, which were recently developed by the Civil Administration, HaYarden said.
For his part, El Hayani revealed plans to establish new tourism projects in the area including restaurants and parking.
The new projects came as part of the Israeli settlement expansion policy which has notably escalated over the past few months.
Earlier on Thursday, Haaretz Hebrew newspaper revealed that US President Donald Trump gave an undeclared consent for Israeli settlement construction in occupied Jerusalem.
(Source / 24.03.2017)