Nachman said the petition had been "sophisticated" and that it had wanted the court to determine that Ariel was in Israel. "We had nothing to lose. If we won, we'd get money. If we lost, it would be determined that we are part of the state." For some reason Haaretz decided to place the key quote right at the end of the article. The mayor said clearly it was a tactical decision with the aim being the legal recognition of Ariel as part of Israel.
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from the article: Settlement mayor sought tax cuts for city 'not ruled from Israel'