The economics of disengagement - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Ben Gurion
    • 21.03.06 | 15:39 (IST)

    Nehemiah Strassler is an economist. Let me then address his economic concern, the price of disengagement. The cost, as carried out in Gaza, is indeed prohibitive. The solution is to allow Arabs to purchace homes in large settlements. For example, Maale Adumim is just a suburb of Jerusalem, few fanatics living there. Let Arabs from East Jerusalem buy out the Jews. Once they start moving in, the "white flight" phenomenon will take over, Jews will flee, with little cost to the State. Can be accomplished elsewhere too. As Nehemiah says, I take it for granted that the coming "convergence" behind the wall, has no chance of solving the conflict. It will just bring Qassams and mortars much closer to Israeli population centers. It is simply another step in Israeli awakening after the 67 euphoria. I am waiting for the 2010 Israeli elections. Perhaps the final peace deal could be negotiated then.

    from the article: The ashes on the prophets' eyes
    First published 00:00 21.03.06 | Last updated 00:00 21.03.06
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