Israel votes on plans to build 11 new cities in the south in hopes of bringing over a half-a-million residents to the Negev Desert Region over the course of the next 20 years. The project aims to increase the percentage of Israel’s population living in the south from 8 percent to 15% by 2035. The construction is projected to be relatively upper class and part of the towns are intended for career IDF officers who would agree to move to the Negev with key army facilities. Planned communities include five suburbs of Arad, four in the Merhavim region of southern Israel, four to six towns, plus an industrial area, along Route 25, and a town called Bnei Gurion, between Kibbutzim Revivim and Retamim.
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