Haaretz, Aug 28, 2017


Ben Simon, who is senior to him, replied: “Don’t forget, these prohibitions achieve their purpose. Slowly but surely the locals are leaving. In the end all their hovels will empty out, and then we’ll be able to build magnificent settlements there and plant tens of thousands of dunams of vineyards and cherry orchards.”

[...] Supervisor No. 2, Alberto Miguel, thanked him for the words of encouragement and gave the following statistics: “This week we also prevented crimes in the Al-Baba Bedouin encampment that constitutes a danger to our existence. We dismantled an empty structure that was supposed to be used as a kindergarten, confiscated 30 chairs, 10 desks, two closets and a blackboard. The cost of the damage to the enemy: tens of thousands of shekels.

“We also confiscated solar panels that provided dangerous electricity to the school and the kindergartens in the illegal Bedouin encampment of Abu Nuwar.” Applause. His colleague Rosenberg raised his plastic cup and said: “We must admit that our achievements this year are poor. In 2016 we were able to destroy 875 illegal structures belonging to the enemy. This year, to date, only 186.”

The rabbi, clearly embarrassed by the hint of dereliction of duty, muttered into his beard: “May God be with you,” and they set out.