Moshe Yogev, the treasurer of Judea and Samaria\'s settlement movement Amanah, provided some background on the story of the reduced budgetary allocations to Yesha, in a talk with Arutz-7 today:

\"As could have been predicted, someone leaked to Ha\'aretz the news of the upcoming large allocation. The newspaper reported it, but left out one important word: defense. The money was to be designated for security purposes. Seven months ago, ex-Prime Minister Ehud Barak appointed a high-level committee to figure out how to solve the communities\' security problems. Former Finance Minister Shochat decided on a 20-million shekel allocation per quarter, but it was carried out by neither the previous government nor the current one [for technical reasons]. In addition, the 1.5 billion shekels were not going to be used only for the residents; the largest allocation was to be used for by-pass roads, as decided upon by Yitzchak Rabin. Other sums were to be used by the IDF Home Front Command; why should these needs be broadcast around the world as if they were to be used by the settlements? What happens is that someone made sure not to include all these sub-clauses in the basic budget proposal, such that every million-shekel outlay has to be approved separately, thus drawing the spotlights towards \'the settlers\' again and again. Finance Minister Silvan Shalom promised that next year the budget would be done differently...\"