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Dani Dayan thanks Peace Now with flowers
February 23, 2012 22:45
"Each time they [Peace Now] go to the court, it turns out in our favor," Dayan says. "I decided to be courteous and send them flowers."
Flowers from Yesha delivered to Peace Now

Flowers from Yesha delivered to Peace Now 390. (photo credit:Courtesy of Yesha Council)

Nothing says thank-you like flowers.

So on Thursday, Shilo resident Shirel Bleicher personally delivered a bouquet of red and white carnations to the Jerusalem office of Peace Now.

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He also gave the group a certificate of appreciation from Dani Dayan, who heads the Council of Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip.

Dayan could not help but note the irony of how events played out this week.

In 2011 Peace Now petitioned the High Court of Justice against unauthorized homes in the Shiloh settlement and the adjacent Shvut Rachel outpost. It had hoped the court would force the state halt the construction and demolish the homes.

Instead the state announced it planned to zone the area, a move that retroactively legalized all unauthorized homes in Shilo as well as in Shvut Rachel.

On Wednesday, the Civil Administration advanced the zoning plan.

"Each time they [Peace Now] go to the court, it turns out in our favor," Dayan said. "I decided to be courteous and send them flowers."

On the certificate, he wrote: "Thank you kindly for your help toward the approval of building plans for Shiloh and Shvut Rachel. It was only your petition which finally pushed the state to do this."

He added that the council would consider naming a street in Shiloh after Peace Now.

Flowers from Yesha Council left at Peace Now

Hagit Ofran of Peace Now, said she was not in the office at the time, but found the flowers by the door.

It was nice bouquet, she said, and added that she placed it in a vase in the office.

"I appreciated the gesture, it was very cute. We are glad they have a sense of humor," she said.
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