Although sections of Rawabi are still under construction, the first residents of first planned Palestinian city have been moving in since January, in spite of important agreements that need to be settled with Israel.
By The Associated Press
After years of setbacks, Palestinians are proudly starting to move into Rawabi, their first planned city being built in the West Bank — a move that isn’t just about real estate but also a symbol of their quest for statehood.
Rawabi family leaves their new apartment building – Photo: AP
Though Rawabi is still unfinished, its glistening high-rises and shopping centers bring a rare sense of pride and excitement to the territory at a time of growing malaise over a standstill in Mideast peace efforts. Continue Reading »
Category: Israel News
After years of gov’t delays & disputes with Israel over water connection, the 1st Palestinian planned city, with 6,000 housing units, finally opens its gates to West Bank Arab settlers.
By Felice Friedson, The Media Line
Hanadi Abu Zahra turns on the tap in her kitchen and is elated to see the water flowing – something most new residents would take for granted even if they had not just moved into a brand new state-of-the-art apartment in a luxury building located in a development that has been the recipient of massive world-wide attention. But whether or not water would be there when the tap was turned on became symbolic of the challenges that had to be overcome in order for Rawabi, the first Palestinian planned city, to transform from one man’s vision to the fulfillment of 40,000 aspirations. Continue Reading »
Israeli Defense Minister and IDF generals seek to bypass Israeli-Palestinian Water committees to advance the new Palestinian town as livable, but PA intransigence might prevent it.
By Israel Today Staff
The city of Rawabi (pictured below) is a flagship Palestinian project. It is a modern, planned town of 40,000 homes aimed at moving Palestinian society forward.
But while the first apartments are ready to be occupied, they remain empty. Israel’s Water Authority has thus far refused to connect Rawabi to the Israeli water network.
Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon isn’t pleased by the situation, and has been working on behalf of getting Rawabi connected to the water system and operating as a symbol of what Palestinian society can become if it focuses on advancement rather than conflict with Israel. Continue Reading »