maandag 17 december 2012

Tzipi Livni wil geldstroom naar 'kansloze' nederzettingen aanpakken

 

Drie partijen worden door een vrouw geleid, de Arbeidspartij, Livni's nieuwe Hatnua partij en het linkse Meretz. Labor plaatst zich in een interview in het midden en zegt geen echt linkse partij te zijn. Zo wil men de budgetten voor de nederzettingen handhaven zolang er geen politieke oplossing is, omdat de politiek verantwoordelijk is voor deze mensen en hun kinderen. Dat klinkt redelijk, maar mensen weten natuurlijk wel dat wanneer zij in een nederzetting diep op de Westoever gaan wonen, ze een zeker risico nemen door in, volgens Israel zelf omstreden gebied te gaan wonen. Het voorstel van Livni om een onderscheid te maken tussen de grote nederzettingenblokken en kleinere en verder weggelegen nederzettingen lijkt me eigenlijk redelijker, omdat je daarmee ook laat zien dat je inziet niet het hele gebied te kunnen houden en geen geld verspilt aan plaatsen die vroeg of laat zullen moeten worden opgegeven. Helaas wordt niet echt duidelijk uit onderstaande wat Meretz wil en wordt alleen gesproken van 'een compleet ideologisch alternatief voor rechts'. 

 

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Livni vows to reform settlement budget

Hatnua chairwoman says distinction must be made between legal settlements and ones sponsored for political gain

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4321153,00.html

Roi Mendel

Published: 

12.17.12, 19:39 / Israel News

Tzipi Linvi pledged Monday to dramatically reform the way the state budget is allocated towards the settlements.

 

Responding to statements made by Labor Chairwoman Shelly Yachimovich, who promised to leave the sizeable budget that sponsors the settlements untouched, the leader of the Hatnua Party told reporters that she will fight to change the government's "skewed priorities" on the matter.

 

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Linvi presented a plan of her own, stipulating that the government should differentiate between the settlement blocs that are to remain in Israel's control under any future peace agreement, and isolated settlements, which she branded as "political." She further hinted that she would pursue cutting these illegitimate settlements' funding, while continuing to support the large settlement blocs.  

 

"… We won't transfer unnecessary funds to settlements that we know won't be there in the future," she said. "Currently these funds are funneled to places of no national importance, just for the sake of this government's survival."

 

The distinction put forth by Linvi is reminiscent of former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin's 1992 campaign. Rabin was the one to coin the phrase "political settlements."

  

Meretz Chairwoman Zehava Gal-On issued a response as well, saying that her party offers the only "complete ideological alternative to the Right. And yes, it is the leftist alternative."

 

"I believe that Yachimovich is honest and fair in saying that she doesn't belong to the Left, but social justice is a leftist concept," she said, stressing that cutting the budgets allocated towards the settlements and for defense is imperative for social reform.

 

In an interview at Ynet on Monday, Yachimovich said she will support handing east Jerusalem neighborhoods over to a future Palestinian state, but stressed the government cannot forsake the residents of legally-established settlements while there is no peace agreement. She stressed that Labor was never a leftist party.

 

Yachimovich's statement was met with criticism on the part of the Likud as well, whose officials tried to depict her as a liberal despite her claims.  

 

"Yachimovich's true stances as a former Hadash voter are coming to light," the party said in a statement. "Yachimovich advocates for the delivery of east Jerusalem neighborhoods to the Palestinian Authority. She cannot go on hiding behind a façade of a centrist party. Shelly represents the extreme Left that is disconnected from the reality that Israel faces."

 

 

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