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After attack, Netanyahu gov’t pours money into rightwing settlements

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In the wake of a deadly attack in late June in a West Bank settlement, the Israeli government said Sunday it will expand the hardline Jewish enclave in occupied Palestinian territory where the killing took place. The security cabinet approved $13 million for social and education programs “in order to make it easier” for residents “to deal with the effects of the security situation and minimize its impact on the daily routine.”

The plan, described as “strengthening community resilience” is focused on improving quality of life in the Kiyrat Arba settlement, home to nearly 8,000 of the 500,000 Israelis residing in the occupied West Bank. Funding will support education, social, and welfare programs, the construction of a sports facility, home renovations, a park, and a synagogue, and marketing for an industrial zone in development.

“Underlying this decision considerations were made regarding the unique security situation prevailing in communities with the highest threat level in Judea and Samaria,” the security cabinet announced.

The scheme did not include a budget for increased security or military personnel.

The Israeli settlement watchdog Peace Now said the funding into the occupied Palestinian territory was a backdoor policy to building up settlements which could compromise a future agreement with Palestinians, under the cover of responding to the recent bout of violence. “There is no freeze, not in planning and not in construction” to settlements, said the group.

“By transferring millions of Shekels to Hebron and Kiryat Arba Netanyahu prioritizes the most extreme settlements, that will never be in Israel as a part of an agreement, over the rest of Israel’s citizens, and shows, yet again, that he is not truly interested in a two state solution,” Peace Now said.

On June 30, Kiyrat Arba resident Hallel Yaffa Ariel, 13, was killed while sleeping in her bedroom by a 17-year old Palestinian from the nearby village of Bani Na’im. A day later a 48-year-old Israeli was killed in a shooting on a highway in the West Bank in the same area. The man’s wife and child were also injured, and treated by a Palestinian couple who were the first to arrive at the scene.

At the start of July Israeli soldiers cordoned off the main entrances to more than 20 Palestinian villages with roadblocks, and sealed the southern route into the city of Hebron. This quarter of the West Bank has long been a flashpoint for tensions, but over recent months it has been the site of many violent confrontations.

Since last October Palestinians have killed 35 Israelis, and Israeli forces and civilians have killed more than 200 Palestinians. In recent months the majority of the deadly encounters occurred in and near Hebron in the occupied West Bank.

From January 2016 to present date, Peace Now said Israel approved 1,823 new residential settlement units, of which 314 were illegal outposts granted retroactive licenses. 

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  1. xanadou on July 12, 2016, 6:24 pm

    Prime Yahoo is a developer, which explains his desire to spend yet more on the expansion of the settlements.
    “The scheme did not include a budget for increased security or military personal.”
    Of course not.
    One wonders when, if ever, the Israelis will register their status as useful idiots in the furtherance of the wealth accumulation to benefit the mutual admiration society they refer to as their government.

    It eludes by powers of comprehension how this ongoing atrocity is supposed to guarantee safety for Israelis, let alone that of the Jews urged to make aliyah.

  2. Theo on July 13, 2016, 1:49 pm

    The appointment of this rabbi to the post is in line with past experiences.
    Begin and Shamir were both bloody terrorists wanted by the british authorities before both becoming prime ministers of Israel, and the son of the worst bomber of arab buses and cafes during the invasion of Palestine is the mayer of Chicago, after his family immigrated to the USA and he becoming the chief of staff in the WH.
    It seems terrorists are welcome in this country, as long as they are jewish.

    • Theo on July 14, 2016, 9:13 am

      How did this comment end up here, it was written in the article about the new rabbi of the IDF!!!

  3. eljay on July 14, 2016, 10:50 am

    … In the wake of a deadly attack in late June in a West Bank settlement, the Israeli government said Sunday it will expand the hardline Jewish enclave in occupied Palestinian territory where the killing took place. …

    The rapist kidnaps a woman, chains her in basement and rapes her for weeks. The woman attacks and injures the rapist. The rapist severely beats the woman, then rapes her some more.

    Zio-supremacists justify his actions: The rapist, they argue, is merely exercising his “right” of “self-determination”. The woman clearly doesn’t want “peace”, so the rapist is forced to defend himself.

    • Theo on July 15, 2016, 7:46 am

      History is written by the victors and your example above shows how twisted it may be what we learn in schools or read in the newspapers!
      By watching several international TV reports you get different versions of the same event, it is up to you to try to find the truth, or at least get near to it. I personally never trust any report until I have a chance to search for other articles on it, reporters say what they are told to do, all of them!

  4. jackal on July 16, 2016, 11:21 pm

    Not all reporters are under the thumb of their editors. For example, Gideon Levy published regularly for Haaretz in his column “Twilight Zone” for over 20 years. Read his book, THE PUNISHMENT OF GAZA, for some honest reporting. I comment Haaretz for having the guts to publish Levy’s writings.
    Canadian Atheist

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