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Labor Ministers against the Map of the National Regional Priorities Plan

Labor ministers are demanding that the Prime Minister change the map of the national regional priorities plan, which provides incentives to isolated communities in the territories, which is slated for government approval on Sunday. MK Cabel (Labor) to the ministers: "Who exactly are you saving? The collapsing periphery?"

Avi Moshe 10/12/2009 14:44
The Prime Minister sought to grant incentives to Jewish settlers in the territories during the construction freeze era and the Left arose: Labor ministers oppose the Prime Minister’s proposal to approve increased incentives for residents of the territories in the map of national regional priorities plan.
  
As reported yesterday, the new map includes some 110,000 settlers, mostly residents of settlements located outside the settlement blocs. The purpose of the map is to prioritize aid to Israeli communities.
 
The 110,000 settlers in Judea and Samaria who would enjoy the definition of a "national priority region" are only five percent of the map of national priority regions. The budgetary cost for them will be 110 million NIS. The map includes settlements in the Galilee, Negev, Jordan Valley, and in Judea and Samaria.

Among the settlements added to the list of regional priorities are isolated settlements such as: Itamar, Alon Moreh, Tapuah, Bracha, Kiryat Arba, Adora, Bat Ayin, and Nokadim.

Harsh criticism was leveled at the move during a meeting of Labor ministers this morning (Thursday). Some ministers, including Yitzhak Herzog, Benjamin (Fuad) Ben Eliezer, Avishay Braverman, and others, argued that communities should be encouraged within the settlement blocs, and not isolated settlements deep inside the area. The Labor ministers agreed that they will take action to change the map of national priority areas regarding certain West Bank settlements that they believe cannot justifiably be made into preferred settlements.

Actually, it was the Party Chairman Minister Ehud Barak who argued that this is a legitimate consideration, but he admitted that further investigation should be performed.
  
The group of rebel Labor MKs expressed strong opposition to the move as well, and sharply attacked the party's ministers. "Whom exactly are you saving? The employees of the Tefron factory? The collapsing periphery? The middle class? The city of Ashkelon, all of whose benefits have been cancelled?" asked MK Eitan Cabel, in a letter sent this morning to his fellow party cabinet ministers.

Cable argues in his letter that despite the very difficult economic situation in the periphery, the government prefers to spend money on the financially sound settlements. “These are settlements that will not remain in our hands in any final status map because the vast majority of them are outside the settlement blocs," wrote Cabel, who called his fellow party members “partners in an extreme right-wing government.”