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Knesset panel approves $11.5 million for settlement projects

Opposition parties fail to show up to meeting

The West Bank outpost of Migron, set for evacuation by August 1. (photo credit: Kobi Gideon/Flash90)
The West Bank outpost of Migron, set for evacuation by August 1. (photo credit: Kobi Gideon/Flash90)

The Knesset Finance Committee unanimously approved on Tuesday a NIS 44 million budget ($11.5 million)  for Jewish Agency settlement projects in the West Bank. NIS 17 million of the sum will go to compensate Migron residents who have been ordered to evacuate their homes by August 1.

No opposition party members attended the meeting. Committee Chairman Moshe Gafni (United Torah Judaism) laughed at the absence of even a symbolic opposition presence, saying, “If I were in the opposition, forget about it.”

Meretz Chairwoman Zahava Gal-On condemned the budget decision. “While governmental budgets face broad cutbacks and social services are collapsing, the settlers have full access to the treasury’s financial tap, and are extorting millions every week in the Knesset,” she said.

In April, the High Court of Justice ruled that the West Bank outpost of Migron was built on privately-owned Palestinian land, and therefore illegal. The dozens of families living there are scheduled to relocate to a nearby site at Givat Hayekev.

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