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EU Using Bedouin Encampment Evacuation “to Poke Israel in the Eye Politically” – Jeremy Bowen (BBC)

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Sept. 21, 2018

  • EU Using Bedouin Encampment Evacuation “to Poke Israel in the Eye Politically” – Jeremy Bowen
    After ten years of legal battles, Israel’s Supreme Court has authorized the evacuation of the residents of the Bedouin encampment of Khan al-Ahmar to an alternative site. Responding to EU criticism of the decision, Israeli cabinet minister Naftali Bennett said in an interview, “I think it’s pretty remarkable that these countries are intervening in Israeli domestic policy regarding illegal building. Imagine someone building something illegally in Paris or in London. It’s none of Israel’s business to tell the UK where to build houses and likewise here….In fact, these Bedouin folks are being held hostage by the Palestinian Authority and by the EU. It’s all about poking Israel in the eye politically.”
    “The Israelis aren’t going anywhere. The Palestinians aren’t going anywhere. We’re not two nations in love, but we have to figure out how to live side by side….The last time we pulled out of a piece of land in Gaza, we got tens of thousands of rockets shot at us, so we’re not going to do that again.”  (BBC News)
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