Let us not be too generous with compensation - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Tosefta
    • 05.12.07 | 17:44 (IST)

    "Polls show that some 20,000 settlers at least would at this point like to vacate communities east of the fence, if they receive enough compensation to buy a new home." - Haaretz The settlers built their homes on cheap land, and with cheap labor (Arabs), and with cheap mortgages. They have nice houses which cannot be obtained in the center of the country for a comparable price. I hope the State does not the mistake it made in Gaza of overcompensating the settlers. They should get market value of their houses plus a little extra for the inconvenience. The state will have large expenses associated with so many settlers, and it is advisable to minimize them. One way of doing this is to put a ban on new building in the settlements. This will raise real estate values there. Let the settlers wishing to move out sell their homes to messianists who want to move in. The state will gain. A way of taking care cheaply of Maale Adumim (a suburb of Jerusalem) is to allow East Jerusalem Arabs to buy Jewish home. The East Jerusalemite were making Israeli salaries and have the means to pay more. And let us not forget of the "white flight" phenomenon; once the Arabs start moving in, the Jews will escape.

    from the article: It is not from heaven
    First published 00:00 05.12.07 | Last updated 00:00 05.12.07
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