Sticking our heads in the sand and ignoring illegal Palestinian building is going to get us in big trouble.
Israeli MK Uri Ariel
Notice that Ariel did not say that Israel's current destruction of illegal Palestinian building will cause Israel problems--he said that Israel's current ignoring illegal Palestinian building will cause problems.
The problem derives from the fact that Jewish Homes Twice as Likely to Face Demolition:
A new report from the IDF's Civilian Administration shows that of 293 illegally built structures owned by Jews in Judea and Samaria in 2008, 36 percent or 105 were destroyed. However, of 646 Palestinian Authority Arab-owned structures illegally built on Jewish-owned or state-owned land in Judea and Samaria, only 17 percent or 111 were destroyed. The figures were leaked to the Hebrew-language daily Maariv.Ariel goes on to say that the extreme political left discriminates against Jews "in the name of justice", but in reality it is anything but:
In essence, the report showed the Israeli officials are more than twice as likely to enforce building laws by demolishing buildings when those accused of illegal building are Jewish, rather than Arab.
The High Court's decisions allowing the eviction of Jews are not just at all, but rather are discriminatory and are used only against JewsHis point is that the current government should examine the policy of the previous government on illegal building and change that policy so that the law will be applied equally in all sectors.
Of course, none of this will stop the Arabs from claiming that they are being singled out--or that the Obama administration will stop decrying the demolition of every illegally built Arab home as an obstacle to peace.
Still, it's important to know the facts, even when the Arabs and Obama ignore them.
Hat tip: Chosen Bloggers
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