Daily Israel Report

Shinui Plan To Re-Settle Yesha Residents In Galilel, Negev

Minister of Infrastructures Yosef Paritzky, of the far-left anti-religious Shinui Party, is preparing a plan to re-settle the 250,000 residents of Judea, Samaria and Gaza in the Galilee and the Negev.
First Publish: 6/22/2003, 11:51 AM

Minister of Infrastructures Yosef Paritzky, of the far-left anti-religious Shinui Party, is preparing a plan to re-settle the 250,000 residents of Judea, Samaria and Gaza (not including Jerusalem and environs) in the Galilee and the Negev. He has asked local leaders in these areas to prepare absorption and reconstruction programs.

Prime Minister Sharon's response: "There are some ministers who overstep their authorities..." Education Minister Limor Livnat advised Paritzky to deal with his own ministry, "such as the water supply that was cut off in Dimona on Friday."

The Yesha Council issued a statement, inviting "Paritzky and his family to set an example and move to the Galilee or the Negev." The Professors for a Strong Israel noted that Paritzky himself lives in a "settlement" - northern Tel Aviv, which used to be known as Sheikh Munis.

"The security situation and the diplomatic process," Paritzky wrote to the Negev and Galilee leaders, "could lead to a process of dismantling of outposts in Yesha. I believe that the Negev and Galilee are an attractive destination for those who desire to live in an environment noted for high quality of life and many green areas. I would therefore thank you if you would begin to prepare, as early as possible, plans for settlement, in either existing or new communities, for the absorption of the Yesha evacuees."

NRP faction leader MK Sha'ul Yahalom said, "The Infrastructures Minister is using his office and government funds on behalf of his private initiatives. In a normal country, the [public knowledge] of these plans, which waste public funds, would certainly have led to his resignation."