Finance Minister: Razing Outposts 'Unthinkable'We've heard this before and we've heard too many contradictory statements from Bibi's bloated Cabinet. Yes, just like Israeli politicians have been saying one thing and doing the exact opposite for decades. You can just consider it campaigning.
Minister Yuval Steinitz says "the fate of Kfar Saba and Tel Aviv is that of Beit El and Shilo," Amona was a mistake. (complete article)
This isn't the first time we've heard such promises from Likud politicians.
Menachem Begin promised "many Elon Morehs," but was the first prime minister to freeze settlement building in Judea and Samaria, and later uprooted the thriving settlements of northern Sinai. The man whom the media dubbed "the father of the settlements," Ariel Sharon, cruelly uprooted Gush Katif, the Jewish settlement bloc in the Gaza Strip (and also Yamit and its satellites in Sinai ). And the current prime minister, the leader of Likud, declared "two states for two nations" and thus threatened to uproot the entire settlement enterprise. (complete article)In hindsight, with a dose of cynicism, it's easy to say that Begin had meant that more Jewish communities would have to struggle with the government for recognition and support. Likud ended up no more supportive of settling Judea, Samaria, Sinai etc. than Labor. And as we all know, Menachem Begin's Peace Agreement with Egypt's Sadat required that Israel give the Sinai to Egypt and destroy its Jewish towns and communities. And Ariel Sharon was in Likud when he announced Disengagement and the destruction of Jewish life in Gush Katif.
So, sorry Minister Steinitz, your words do not reassure us.