BEIRUT, Lebanon — Israel is expanding incentives to settlers living in the West Bank, the Associated Press reported.
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is providing financial incentives as well as offering a promise to form a committee that will reassess the legality of illegal settlements.
Israel is expected to have elections in November 2013 and Netanyahu’s right-wing coalition needs the support of settler-aligned parties to maintain power. The move appears to be a gesture to those groups, the AP reported.
While Netanyahu’s run for Likud leadership is being challeneged again by Moshe Feiglin, from the settler wing of the party, the Prime Minster is expected to win easily.
But Netanyahu is not popular among the hardline settler contingent in Likud. AFP reports:
"Reports in the Israeli media have suggested Netanyahu is genuinely concerned about the ability of Feiglin to turn out voters, fearing complacency among supporters of the premier could give Feiglin an outsize showing."
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