The Israeli cupboard on Sunday permitted an allocation of 40 million shekels ($11.5 million) for West Financial institution settlements.
A lot of the sum — 34.5 million shekels — is a one-time grant for safety wants of Jewish communities within the territory. The remaining 5.5 million shekels is earmarked for the development of first assist stations.
An announcement of the meant allocation was issued by the Prime Minister’s Workplace on Thursday, after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with the heads of the Yesha Council of settlements. On the finish of the assembly, the council issued a press release “categorical[ing] assist for the prime minister and appreciation for his management of the nation at current.”
After Sunday’s cupboard assembly MK Ayman Odeh, the chairman of the Joint Record alliance of predominantly Arab events, despatched a letter to Lawyer Common Avichai Mendelblit demanding an examination of the constitutionality of the allocation. Odeh mentioned the circumstances of its approval “elevate a grave suspicion of a funds allocation in trade for a political favor.” Odeh demanded to know whether or not the allocation had been topic to judicial evaluation and whether or not professionals within the authorities have been contemplating its cancellation.
“Netanyahu has performed the 2 issues that he loves, on the identical time, misappropriating public funds for his private profit and increasing the settlement enterprise to be able to deepen the occupation,” Odeh mentioned.
“It’s unconscionable for the pinnacle of a transitional authorities to make use of the cash belonging to all of us to purchase the assist of the heads of the Yesha Council of settlements for his public battle towards the authorized system. I demand that the allocation be canceled and its funds directed into this system to curb home violence, which has been ready for funding since its approval in 2017,” Odeh mentioned.
After Thursday’s assembly, which was held within the Prime Minister’s Workplace in Jerusalem, Yesha Council Chairman David Alhayani mentioned: “Mr. Prime Minister, the heads of the native authorities in Judea, Samaria and the Jordan Valley categorical their assist for you and strengthen you. We need to see a continuation of your blessed work for the State of Israel. We’re at your facet.”
The council mentioned in a press release that the contributors mentioned “the chances of creating a authorities that may assist and strengthen Israeli settlement” in addition to extending Israeli sovereignty over the Jordan Valley and northern Useless Sea area, that are within the West Financial institution.