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  אדר 17, 5768 , 23/02/08

Ramon: Time for Compensation Plan

At the One Home meeting in Tel Aviv Saturday, Vice Prime Minister Haim Ramon said that the time had come to advance an “evacuation-compensation” plan for Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria living outside the security fence. Such a measure would “prove” that Israel is serious abut coming to a final status arrangement with the Palestinian Authority. Keeping these 80,000 plus people in their homes “endangers the state of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state,” he said, adding "When a right-wing government headed by the Likud and Shas determined the route of the fence, it decided for all intents and purposes that everything beyond the fence will not be under Israel's sovereignty.”

Speaking at the same meeting, Infrastructures Minister Binyamin Ben Eliezer said he was opposed to such legislation. There was little chance it would pass. “ Do you want to play around with laws or craft a genuine peace accord?” he asked rhetorically.
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