An Israeli parliamentarian has proposed paying each Arab $500,000 to leave Israeli-occupied West Bank using defense funds.
Likud Knesset Member candidate Moshe Feiglin made the proposal Tuesday at a "Sovereignty" conference sponsored by the Women in Green. The event discussed Israel's annexation of Judea and Samaria, also known as West Bank, or part of it and the removal of military control of the area.
Feiglin said part of the payment can come from the national defense budget, which covers anti-missile defense and salaries of guards at every café. The proposal originally came from columnist and political scientist Dr. Martin Sherman.
Feiglin defended his proposal saying majority of West Bank Palestinians want to leave based on a survey.
Feiglin's Likud colleagues expressed support for the full or partial annexation of the West Bank and the abolition of the Oslo Accords during the conference.
The accord signed by the Palestinian Liberation Organization and Israeli government in 1993 created the Palestinian Authority now administering West Bank and removed Israeli troops from the Palestinian area and in the Gaza Strip.
Israeli Peppers in Lebanon Supermarket Cause Stir
Lebanese authorities have launched an investigation as to how mixed peppers from Israel found their way to a local supermarket.
The 13 bags of mixed peppers with tampered bar codes indicating they came from Israel were discovered and reported by an anonymous shopper prompting intelligence agents to visit the supermarket in the southern coastal city of Sidon. The products apparently violate a law banning local companies from doing business with Israeli traders and international firms dealing with suppliers from Israel.
The investigation by Lebanon's military court will look into breaches at the customs department of airports and seaports that allowed the products to enter the country undetected.
Last year, Israeli-made products bearing American and European brands also reached Lebanon. A decade ago, the same Sidon supermarket had sold mugs made from Israel.
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