Bad idea of Maale Adumim, and how to correct it - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Ben Gurion
    • 20.03.06 | 01:18 (IST)

    Maale Adumim lies just to the east of East Jerusalem, essentially reaching to Palestinian-built areas. It is the natural extension eastward of East Jerusalem. Who needs it? It only means trouble if, as expected under Kadima, Israel will give East Jerusalem back. Had it been planned today, one would call the planner a total idiot! The only problem is the 32,000 Israelis already living there. This is not too many. I suggest that Israel allow Arabs to buy apartments there. East Jerusalem is choking for lack of space, and the East Jerusalemites have enough money to pay for nicer housing. Let it be their expansion area. And once Arabs start moving in, the Jews will sell in a hurry (white flight phenomenon). Will not cost the State of Israel much. P.S. Keeping Maale Adumim is essentially cutting off north from south West Bank. Makes it harder for the Pals to accept such a peace arrangement.

    from the article: A new consensus
    First published 00:00 19.03.06 | Last updated 00:00 19.03.06
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