75 billion dollars wasted so far on settlements that will end up abandoned. Now 2 million NIS apiece for the Gaza settlers. Meanwhile: "According to research commissioned by the Knesset, the number of [Holocaust] survivors living under or around the poverty line in Israel was almost 100,000 in 2003. The number unable to afford to heat and maintain their homes properly was 25 per cent higher... One of them said to me: “Alive, we are a nuisance; dead, we are an asset. They just want us to die as quickly as possible so that they get on with commemorating us lavishly"." Jewish Chronicle, 16 Feb. And: "She suffers from depression, anxiety attacks, a heart condition and osteoporosis. "There are days I don't eat, but I'm used to not eating. My medicines I have to take, though. Where am I supposed to get the money?... But I know other [Holocaust survivors] who have it much worse, who go through the garbage bins for food," she says. "They make a big joke out of us"." JPost, 15 Feb.
Police disperse hundreds in brawl in Kafr Manda, northern Israel (Haaretz)
from the article: Each Gaza evacuee family to get NIS 1.5-2 million in compensation