In a move that stirred controversy among MKs of all parties, newly elected Labor Party chairman Amir Peretz submitted a Knesset bill Monday that would grant compensation to West Bank settlements where 60% of the residents left voluntarily.
In a statement accompanying the bill Peretz wrote that he intended to create "incentives for the continuation of voluntary evacuation of the Israeli citizens located in Judea and Samaria.â€
"[The disengagement] was a concrete example of the nation's ability to establish a compensation framework appropriate to those residents who were evacuated from their homes," wrote Peretz.
The bill was co-sponsored by Labor MKs Yuli Tamir and Ilana Cohen, who have often been criticized along with Peretz for dovish policies.
â€œThis is a political step, he is trying to reach out for votes he think he can get,â€ said a Shas MK who asked not to be named. â€œThis bill wonâ€™t ever reach the state where we vote on it. MK Uri Ariel (National Union) also responded calling the bill â€œa shame."