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      Lapid Against Decision to Fund Judea, Samaria Organizations

      Finance Minister Yair Lapid continues to come out against Judea and Samaria by opposing government funding for regional organizations.
      By Uzi Baruch, Tova Dvorin
      First Publish: 2/4/2014, 2:45 AM

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      Yair Lapid
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      Finance Minister Yair Lapid announced that he opposed the decision made today by a ministerial committee that the state would fund renewable energy in Judea and Samaria in the case of political changes .

      The decision allows the residents of Judea and Samaria to establish renewable energy facilities such as wind turbines and solar systems.

      Lapid filed an appeal which stated that such support is essentially a guarantee for Israel to provide funding to Judea and Samaria as a matter of state policy.

      With this logic, Lapid holds, it is unclear how to justify this restriction to renewable energy alone, or to Judea and Samaria alone. 

      In addition, Lapid wrote that he is strongly opposed to investment in new infrastructure outside the settlement blocs being proposed by the framework presented by US envoy to the Middle East Martin Indyk. 

      The plan, which was partially revealed by Thomas Friedman of the New York Times last week, will call for a phased Israeli withdrawal from Judea and Samaria based on the 1949 lines, with "unprecedented" security arrangements in the strategic Jordan Valley.The Israeli withdrawal will not include certain settlement blocs, but Israel will compensate the Arab side for this with Israeli territory.

      The remarks are nothing new for Lapid, who attacked governmental ministers earlier Monday for criticizing the proposed deal that would have Israel withdraw to the 1949 Armistice lines and establish an Arab capital in Jerusalem. According to the finance minister, such criticism "weakens us against the Palestinians and the Americans."

      Last week, Lapid brushed aside security concerns over the peace plan, quipping "we’re tired of the right’s unfounded prophecies of doom," and also cut off funds to Judea and Samaria after a far-left journalist accused him of channeling funds to the organizations illegally on Channel 2