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(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski )
Knesset's Joint Committee for the Defense Budget rejected Tuesday
afternoon a request from Defense Minister Ehud Barak to increase
budgetary allocations to enforce the building moratorium in West Bank
committee met following a request from the Defense Ministry to do a
budgetary transfer of NIS 12 million from security to coordinating
activities in the West Bank in order to add 40 new positions – 29 as
part of the enforcement arm of the Civil Administration, and 11further
positions within the Defense Ministry.
the end, subcommittee member MK Uri Ariel (NU) said that "While the
Palestinians build illegal estates without anyone doing anything, Barak
is busy rounding-up a budget for inspection of his draconic moratorium.
The committee acted correctly in rejecting Barak's request."
emphasized that when the moratorium went into effect, he had warned
that the Defense Minister's plan to add new inspectors was illegal as
long as Barak had not received an okay from the joint committee.
that end, he wrote a letter to IDF West Bank DCO Maj.-Gen. Eitan Dangot, in
which he said that "as a member of the Committee for the Defense Budget
and after looking in to the matter, I would like to call to your
attention that there is no approval – neither in terms of precedent or
in terms of budget [for the new inspectors]. Thus I ask you not to act
in an illegal manner."
Danny Danon (Likud) also slammed the request to increase Civil
Authority funding at the expense of the security budget. "Barak needs
to be concerned with the security needs of the settlers and not with
reinforcing the supervision of his draconian moratorium," Danon