Funding for W. Bank inspectors rejected

MK Ariel calls on Barak to explain NIS 18 million budget to c'tee.

May 4, 2010 14:48
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Funding for W. Bank inspectors rejected

Eitan Dangot idf 248 88 aj. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)

The Knesset Finance Committee rejected for the fifth consecutive time Tuesday a request by the Defense Ministry to turn over the funding necessary for inspectors to enforce the West Bank building moratorium.

In accordance with a request from the Finance Committee during the previous session to discuss the funding, Maj.-Gen. Eitan Dangot attended the meeting to personally explain to the committee the need for the additional funds.

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Dangot, the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), told the committee that he felt that the word "inspectors" was unfair, and did injustice to the civil servants who worked in the difficult position of enforcing civil authority in the West Bank.

Dangot said that the request for NIS 18 million was not exclusively to fund inspectors for the building moratorium, but also for Civil Administration officials to engage in other activities including ecological protection.

He could not say what percentage of the NIS 18 million would be dedicated to moratorium enforcement as compared to the other activities included on his list.

MKs from both the opposition and the coalition, led by MK Uri Ariel (NU/NRP) refused to vote on the budgetary approval for the NIS 18 million before Defense Minister Ehud Barak stands before the committee to explain the need for the budgetary reallocation.

"I'm happy that the committee members, including Kadima MKs, opposed the budgetary transfer. Barak himself will now need to come before the committee in order to explain the inspectors' behavior before the committee will consider his request."

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