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    • Tosefta
    • 22.02.07 | 17:25 (IST)

    The cost to the state is high. Imagine how high it will get when the West Bank is evacuated. One reason for the high cost was that the Gaza evacuation was unilateral. Instead of negotiating a deal whereby the homes left behind will be taken over by well-to-do Gazans, they were destroyed. This should not be repeated. 1. Example: Maale Adumim is a Jerusalem suburb housing some 35,000 Israelis. Why not have East Jerusalem Arabs, who are more affluent than their Palestinian brothers be allowed to buy the homes? The State can subsidize such purchases but the total cost will be much lower than destroying the homes. 2. Allow Pals to move into settlement areas or build a new neighborhood there. The settlers will escape, "white flight", at little cost. 3. Pass a law now to assist every settler wishing to leave. Those who will remain will be the ideologues. Let them get paid little when the time comes. They were induced to settle by Heaven, not the State. Will get due compensation in the next world.

    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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