thanks Ehud Barak for demolishing the leftist myth that the "settlements" are a financial burden on Israel. After all, if this were true, there would be no need to enforce the moratorium on building within the settlements with government officials. All that would be needed would be to cut off the supposedly massive government funding and the projects would stop on their own. Barak knows that if he didn't invest one shekel in Judea and Samaria but instead lifted all the controls and limitations on building, simple economics and private funding would double or triple the Jewish population of Judea and Samaria within a year or two. The only way for him to stop this growth is through the use of thugs who will use physical force to stop people from building.
WHO: Polio back in Europe for first time since 2010 (Reuters)
from the article: Likudniks blast 'enemy of the Jews' Obama over settlement freeze