|TPS YOSH-938 for the Walaja Bypass Road (Road 385)
TPS YOSH-938 is for Road 385 (the Al-Walaja bypass road) which links the Har Gilo settlement to Jerusalem and serves settler traffic between the city and the settlements of the Gush Etsion Regional Council in the Bethlehem area.
The direct reason for the expansion of the road is the intention to construct a new settlement, Har Gilo West, of 560 housing units (TPS 401-4-1) on Al-Walaja land adjacent to the road. However, the existing road was constructed on the basis of a military seizure order and therefore it cannot be used as an access road to the new settlement. TPS YOSH-938 is needed in order to replace the military seizure, as explained in greater detail in an Ir Amim alert in August.
Har Gilo West will complete the encircling of Al-Walaja from all directions and - along with other takeovers of land and increased home demolitions - will put the future of Al-Walaja at risk.
For a full analysis of the new planned settlement and the threats facing Al-Walaja please see Ir Amim's alert from last week.
TPS YOSH-926-1 Connecting the Settlements Nortast of Jerusalem to the City through a Tunnel Under the Qalandia Checkpoint
TPS YOSH-926-1 is for a new road which will serve the settlements northeast of Jerusalem, an area which Prime Minister Netanyahu calls "the fourth settlement bloc" of Greater Jerusalem.
The road will connect Road 60 (northeast of Jerusalem) to Road 443, inside Jerusalem and it will pass under the Qalandia checkpoint via a tunnel. Among the settlement plans advanced last week were plans for the expansion of Kochav Yaakov, Psagot. Beth-El, and Geva-Binyamin - all of which will be served by the new road.
The road is planned to run in the area between A-Ram, Qalanadia and Ramallah, where today there is no presence of Israeli settlers.
For further details on the road please see Ir Amim's alert from August