Settlers vs. Netanyahu: is this for real?

Posted: September 2nd, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: In the News, The Right, The Settlements, the US and us | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off

Haaretz’s Chaim Levinson got the transcript of a brief meeting between the heads of four major West Bank settlements and Benjamin Netanyahu. The settlers were intended to meet with the director general of the PM’s Office, Eyal Gabai, but Netanyahu did a POTUS-like move, and dropped in to say hello. This is what he heard:

[Ma'aleh Adumim Mayor Benny] Kashriel appears in the minutes as saying: “The [West Bank settlement] heads in Judea and Samaria are in a situation today in which they are humiliated and ridiculed. There was never such a bad period [as the present]. Before the elections, there was talk of construction in settlement blocs. Now we are not seeing an end [of this]. Everything is frozen. Under the prior [Olmert] administration, it was possible to build between houses. Now this is not [allowed]. The situation also has direct economic implications. There is no construction. There is no income from permits, from the sale of land or from property taxes. Charitable foundations are not coming to Judea and Samaria. There was a meeting with the finance minister in which promises were made, but since the approval of the budget, it has not been possible to get [what was promised].”

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