What The $ettlements Cost

May 4 2012 @ 4:42pm

Beinart tallies it:

Forget human rights. Forget democracy. Forget morality and ethics and legal considerations. The settlements, and the military occupation they require, are costing Israel an arm and a leg.

You cannot annually spend $662 million on the civilian costs of settlements, plus another $662 million for the military costs, throw in another $800 million for extending the security wall – and expect to have enough for hospitals. You cannot spend all that money on 6.5 percentof your population, and be surprised that your country has the second highest poverty rate in the OECD (second only to Mexico).