Minor problem for the Palestinians, major problem for Israel - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Tosefta
    • 12.12.07 | 18:00 (IST)

    Suppose Israel insists that those houses for which all permits were issued before Annapolis should be built. The Palestinians will accept this, because it is a relatively small addition to the large number of houses already built in the West Bank. But the problem will then become a financial problem for Israel. If indeed a peace agreement and an evacuation of settlers result from the current peace process, then the Government of Israel will need to compensate the settlers for the value of their houses, land, an additional payment for the discomfort. Every pouring of concrete for a house to soon be evacuated will literally amount to pouring money into a rat hole. It will be an awful irresponsibility to allow this to happen. It is best for Israel's sake to freeze the building of these unbuilt buildings.

    from the article: Civil Administration chief: Hundreds of units approved in disputed areas
    First published 00:00 12.12.07 | Last updated 00:00 12.12.07
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