5 million? He can give 10 or 20 times as much! - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Mark Marshall
    • 25.11.10 | 06:21 (IST)

    "Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited a shelter for battered women in Jerusalem and promised to earmark another NIS 5 million to fight domestic abuse." OK, NIS 5 million is a lot better than nothing (assuming he actually comes through with the money), but Israel is about to receive warplanes from the US worth $3 billion. Here's a suggestion: instead of 20 F-35s, Israel asks the US to give it only 19 F-35s and the value of the 20th in cash - $150 million - equivalent to NIS 546,750,000, which can then be spent on the campaign to protect Israeli women from domestic violence. I'm sure the lack of that 20th F-35 will not cause the destruction of Israel. But if Israel's survival depends on having a minimum of 20 F-35s, here's another idea: instead of freezing settlement construction for 3 months, Israel could freeze it for 6 months. Then the US will offer Israel 40 F-35s. Israel could then ask for only 38 F-35s and the cash equivalent of the other two. That way Israel would have NIS 546,750,000 to fight domestic violence and another NIS 546,750,000 for other things - like settlement construction after the expiry of the 6-month freeze.

    from the article: Despite Netanyahu's promises, battered Israeli women find no relief
    First published 01:10 25.11.10 | Last updated 01:10 25.11.10
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