For the first time since the establishment of Israel in 1948, the Israeli authorities are considering a plan to build a new "Arab city" to accommodate more than 40,000 people, Israeli daily Harretz has reported.
According to the Israeli paper, the plan will be submitted to the Israeli Regional Council for Planning and Building this week for endorsement.
The proposed Arab city would be located in the western Galilee region in northern Israel.
The plan, Haaretz said, was formulated four years ago and has since been approved by the Israeli Land Authority, the Ministry of Housing and the Ministry of Interior, based on a 2008 government decision.
The new city is expected to be built on an area of 2,700 acres on Tantur Hill near the Arab community of Jdeideh in western Galilee.
The Israeli newspaper said it was not clear when construction would begin.
Israel refers to Palestinians who remained in their homes and cities after the creation of Israel in 1948 as "Israeli Arabs."
According to official figures, the Israeli population is projected to increase by almost 700,000 within the next eight years.
Except for some random Bedouin villages in the Negev region, Israel has not built any city or village for the Arab population in Israel since the country's creation in 1948.
Since its establishment, Israel has continued to misappropriate Palestinian land in the West Bank – on which it continues to build numerous Jewish-only settlements – in breach of international law.
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