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Good cop, bad cop of expulsion

MK Bezalel Smotrich at the illegal Amona outpost in the West Bank, February 1, 2017. Credit: Olivier Fitoussi
MK Bezalel Smotrich at the illegal Amona outpost in the West Bank, February 1, 2017. Credit:  © Olivier Fitoussi

haaretz, Amira Hass Sep 18, 2017 12:31 AM

While Bezalel Smotrich talks of expulsions, Yoav Mordechai, coordinator of government activities in the territories, makes expulsions happen. While the former prattles about the ultimate expulsion, the latter remains silent about the dozens of little evictions he approves and oversees.

For example, completing the plan to force the Jahalin clan out of Khan al-Amar to a site near the garbage dump at Abu Dis, so that the settlement of Kfar Adumim can expand to its heart’s content. Soon Mordechai will also approve the forced evacuation of the Palestinian residents of Sussia, so that the area’s settlers can fulfill their desire for more space.

The Knesset member from the National Union-Tekuma faction of Habayit Hayehudi seeks headlines. The person who heads the Defense Ministry unit known as COGAT doesn’t need them. Both were preceded by others who were partners to the same ideas, status and roles. Citizen S. takes the trouble to publicize his plan, while Maj. Gen. M. prefers quiet. Like his predecessors…

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