Stronger Support on Right Wing for Settlements

By Haaretz

Published March 02, 2012.

A document released by a rightist organization indicates a 50% rise in support for settlement building among right-wing Knesset members.

Produced by the NGO Mattot Arim, the survey rates MKs and cabinet ministers according to the aid they provided to the settlement movement and to the “national camp” as a whole. The report encourages and compliments those who garnered especially high scores, with survey authors saying the report was a tool to reward those “elected officials who truly represent their public.” The report breaks down the legislative, lobbying and media activities of the MKS – from bills preventing the boycott of settlement goods, to media interviews.

In addition, ministers are lauded for harnessing their ministries for pro-settlement development, such as improving the internet and cellular networks in the West Bank.

According to the report, which has been published every six months for the past five years, there have been 150 events (listed as national “activities”) in which Knesset members have supported a slew of nationalist initiatives, as opposed to 100 listed in the previous report.

This latest survey covered the period between July and December 2011, listing 100 parliamentary achievements attributed to the various MKs, and revealed the often unpublicized activities taking place on the ground to advance West Bank settlements and the rightist patina of the 18th Knesset.



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