Thursday, February 17, 2005

 

Robbing Peter to Pay Paul

An article in the Financial Times indicates that there will be no barriers in place to prevent settlers being evacuated from Gaza (with financial compensation, I might add, that comes to a total of about 920 million dollars) from moving into settlements in the West Bank.
"I cannot prevent an individual who wants to use his compensation to buy a house in Gush Etzion [a southern West Bank settlement bloc] from doing so," Labour's Isaac Herzog, housing minister in Mr Sharon's coalition, said. "This would be totally within his rights."
Rights? Give me a break. In what way is it within his rights to move to Gush Etzion but not within his rights to stay in the Gaza strip? There is a certain logic to the "Greater Israel" ideology, and a certain logic to international law, but the gray area between in which the law of Israel tries to find its path is not quite so logical (not that logic has anything to do with law and policy, of course). So how does Herzog justify this twist of policy?
A statement issued by Mr Herzog's office said he had not discussed any plans to expand construction within the settlement during a recent visit there. "The Housing and Construction Ministry is not promoting such a plan even though Minister Herzog notes that Gush Etzion is considered a settlement bloc that is recognised as part of the State of Israel, according to the December 2000 Clinton outline," it said.
Well, pardon me, but who the hell died and made Clinton the authoritative voice on Israel's borders? If Israel wants to say that it plans to continue to violate international law, it should stand up and say that it's going to do that. Don't try to pull Bill Clinton (or George W. Bush, or anybody else) into it to try to deflect responsibility.

On a related note, I think this shows the continued failure of the Israeli government (especially the Labor party that Herzog belongs to) to grow a backbone when it comes to the settlements. Why should the GOI allow settlers from Gaza to resettle in the West Bank? Because they see this as a compromise with the settlers. As I read somewhere very recently (I think it was the Uri Avnery article I linked to from here a couple days ago), you can't cross an abyss in two bounds. The Israeli government needs to stop coddling the settlers and other right wing extremists and say hey, if you want that compensation money, you can't go to the West Bank (at the very least; I personally don't think they should be allowed in the West Bank even if they turn down the compensation). If that's a violation of the settlers' "rights," as Herzog would have it, that's too damn bad. Who thought they had a "right" to compensation in the first place?

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