Evacuating small settlements could cost NIS 250b – JPOST – By TOVAH LAZAROFF 04/30/2013
The evacuation of isolated West Bank Jewish communities outside of the settlement blocs could cost the government more than NIS 250 billion, the Council of Jewish Communities of Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip said on Monday.
NIS 250 Billion is roughly $70 Billion dollars.
It would cost $70 Billion just to evacuate the small settlements in Judea and Samaria (the contested areas).
Even that would not be enough to bring peace. It would still leave Judea and Samaria filled with large settlements that no Palestinian could accept. When other other costs are added in, the numbers rise to the hundreds of billions of dollars (in US dollars), up to a trillion dollars.
That is even ignoring the violent settler backlash which would occur.
The cost of evacuating enough settlers in order to make the Palestinians happy would be prohibitive.
I am not going to get into a debate here about who is right or who is wrong. At this point, it is meaningless. It is too late to correct, now.
Okay the Cost is Prohibitive, but what about the large Number of Arabs in Judea and Samaria?
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