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Deal reached on Ulpana evacuation

by http://www.ynetnews.com

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Residents of the Ulpana neighborhood in the West Bank settlement of Beit El have accepted the government’s terms for their eviction.

According to the June 19 agreement, the residents will leave their homes within a week.

In exchange for their peaceful cooperation, the government will promote the construction of 300 new housing units in Beit El, and the five houses in question will be moved to another location in the settlement.

The agreement is still pending court approval, but many in the political arena were quick to congratulate both sides on reaching a deal.

Israel’s Supreme Court ruled in September that at least five apartment buildings in the neighborhood bordering Beit El should be razed, siding with a lawsuit filed by Palestinians who said they owned the land. A deadline of July 1 was set for the evacuation. — ynetnews.com


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Posted by Jack Kessler
06/24/2012  at  01:47 PM
Even so....

It is wrong and irrational for Israel to uproot a Jewish settlement in Eretz Yisroel. 

The only argument that can be made for doing it is the one the argument probably made.  A settlement that will cost IDF lives unnecessarily because it is in a difficult-to-defend location is a liability to Israel, not an asset.

The eviction in return for an equal or greater number of homes elsewhere is unpalatable but defensible - defensible both as an argument and as a location.

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Posted by Jack Kessler
06/24/2012  at  01:50 PM
Jeez, I got that garbled....

correction:  “The only argument that can be made is the one the argument probably made.” 

Should read, “The only argument that can be made is the one the IDF probably made.”

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