|the turn-off to Ramat Shlomo|
from Begin Highway
On the news they kept saying that any building outside the "green line," even in land that was long ago annexed by Israel as part of our Capital City Jerusalem, endangers the "peace" sic negotiations. It was clear that the news editors wanted us to accept that, G-d forbid, any land in the Jerusalem area not yet populated by Jews will be given to the Arabs. This is outrageous and shows a lack of recognition of Israeli sovereignty and legitimacy.
This extreme Left wing "peace at any price" policy not only endangers the State of Israel in terms of viability and security, it is also causing continued financial hardship to hundreds of thousands of Israeli citizens who can't afford to buy apartments and are wasting large percentages of their monthly income on rent.
One of the biggest financial problems in Israel is finding affordable housing. We haven't had any quantity of public, affordable housing built for years. This causes a terrible financial burden on those who've never bought and on growing families.
With the lifting of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's building freeze of a few years ago, things began looking up, at least in Judea and Samaria. I've noticed a lot of housing starts in Ariel recently.
There's excellent public transportation from Ariel to the Petach Tikva/Tel Aviv area. There is also a popular and growing university in Ariel, which attracts students, both Jews and Arabs, from all over the country. There's also bus service to Jerusalem and well maintained highways and roads to all parts of Israel. The best and fastest Israeli highway, the first toll road in the country, has an exit/entrance not far from Ariel.
|Eli's new "apartments"|
Too much of the building going on in Israeli cities are luxury apartments which do not serve the needs of the local population.
|More luxury housing being built in Jerusalem|