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Gush settlers blamed for housing woes

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Gush settlers blamed for housing woes - Israel - Housing

Settlers evacuated from Gush Katif in 2005 are mostly to blame for the fact that they are not yet in permanent housing, a former official told a commission of inquiry.

The commission into the Israeli government's handling of the resettlement of the Gush Katif evacuees, appointed by Supreme Court  President Dorit Beinisch after state Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss issued a report on the government's poor performance in resettling the evacuees in March 2006, began its work Sunday.

"Before the disengagement we turned to all the community leaders, presented the alternatives, but as the disengagement drew closer, the rift with the residents grew," Yonatan Bassi, the former manager of the SELA aid authority for Gaza Strip residents, told the commission.

Bassi said community leaders and rabbis prevented residents from cooperating with his agency.



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