Finance Committee approves funding for settlements despite objections by leftist politicians

December 22, 2014 09:44

Right-wing members of the Knesset Finance Committee approved NIS 12.8 million for a visitor center in the Barkan Industrial Park located in the West Bank, in-spite of the legal objections raised by left-wing politicians.

“This is absolutely illegal,” yelled out Left-wing committee members as their peers held up their hands to vote the matter on Sunday morning, in spite of the pitched shouting match that broke out around them.

The funds were only a small fraction of the NIS 8.1 billion the Finance Committee approved, the bulk of which NIS 5.7 billion went to the country’s health services, followed by NIS 940 million for security issues related to last summer’s Gaza’s military operation, Protective Edge.

But left-wing Finance Committee members balked at the Barkan project, which they said was the kind-of-non essential item with political overtones that should not be approved in an election season.

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