Now calculate the cost of the West Bank evacuation - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Wolfram
    • 22.02.07 | 04:15 (IST)

    These figures explain why Israel will never engage in serious negotiations to achieve a peace settlement, which will necessarily call for an evacuation of the illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank. The total cost, military and civilian, of evacuation of 7,500 settlers from Gaza will be NIS 10 billion ($2.5 billion). Projecting these figures, the total cost for evacuating 240,000 colonists from the illegal West Bank settlements would be NIS 320 billion ($80 billion). And this amount does not even include the value of infrastructure destroyed or abandoned during the evacuation. In short, Israel has painted itself into a corner by its famous "facts on the ground." Can some economist out there explain to me just how Israel intends to pay the bill for peace? Is the Israeli position now going to be: "We can't afford it"?

    from the article: Each Gaza evacuee family to get NIS 1.5-2 million in compensation
    First published 00:00 22.02.07 | Last updated 00:00 22.02.07
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