An Israeli cabinet minister says the government should take advantage of the withdrawal of settlers from Gaza by expanding settlements in the West Bank.
Education Minister Limor Livnat said the pullout was a heavy price to pay, and Israel should now reap a dividend.
This sort of thing was entirely predictable, but that doesn't make it any less ridiculous or reprehensible. Having withdrawn from Palestinian territory that Israel had occupied and illegally colonized, Minister Livnat now suggests that Israel should reward itself by expanding settlements on other Palestinian territory that Israel has occupied and illegally colonized.
In other news, a Palestinian teenager has been shot by Israeli troops for trespassing in the abandoned Gaza settlement of Gush Katif. Abandoned as in there are no settlers there, only troops hanging around guarding empty buildings.