Israel Water Block May Bankrupt Plan For $1.4 Billion USD Palestine City


Palestinian-American billionaire developer Bashar al-Masri is the brains behind Rawabi, a $1.4 billion planned city of 40,000 in the West Bank, the territory home to 2.6 million Palestinians. It is the first planned city in the West Bank built by and for Palestinians. Masri hopes the city can form the economic backbone of the nascent Palestinian state but the biggest obstacle to building Rawabi was Israel's occupation of the West Bank, which meant that he had to lobby for years to get the city approved for roads and a water supply.