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Handwritten note from MK Ariel Sharon suggesting a meeting between representatives of 75 families wanting to settle in Ma'ale Edumim and Yisrael Galili, the minister responsible for settlement
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Settlement in Judea and Samaria: Ariel Sharon In August 1974, Yisrael Galili, Chairman of the Ministerial Committee for Settlement, appointed an inter-ministerial panel whose task it was to study the issue of developing the region of Ma'ale Adumim, east of Jerusalem, and offer proposals. Until then, the area had been uninhabited. Months later, the panel proposed that preliminary plans be submitted for residential neighborhoods and an industrial area in the region. The proposal was approved by the government of Yitzhak Rabin. Pressure was brought to bear from various settler groups, individual citizens, and private entrepreneurs - all of them seeking government approval for starting to develop the Ma'ale Adumim region. Sentiments along these lines were expressed in a number of documents, among them this note, which was sent to Yisrael Galili by Knesset Member Ariel Sharon. In it, Sharon requests that Galili meet with an agent representing a group of 75 religious families who wanted to establish a rural settlement in Ma'ale Adumim. Earlier, a number of citizens' groups urged the government to come to a final decision authorizing settlement in the area as soon as possible. These groups had organized and established a joint council even before the decision of the Ministerial Committee for Settlement regarding Ma'ale Adumim. But actual development and construction did not commence until early 1975, with the establishment of an army construction camp, as part of the development of an industrial zone in the area. In the meantime, the pressure from citizens' groups seeking to settle in Ma'ale Adumim intensified. These settlers included members of the left-leaning movement associated with the Labor Alignment, as well as people from the right-wing settler movement known as Gush Emunim or "Bloc of the Faithful." Finally in December 1975, the first 25 families moved in and established the settlement of Ma'ale Adumim, with the blessing of the Israeli government.
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National State Archives, ג-7458/3
 
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