Condemnation for the practice of using fictitious security reasons as a guise for building settlements usually come from the opposition to the settlement enterprise. It is rare to see this false excuse exposed by those who support it, or, in this case, from one of its leaders. This rare opportunity comes in a letter sent in December of 1978 by lawyer and columnist Elyakim Haetzni to the director general of the Ministry of Justice at the time, Meir Gabai. The letter offers an unusual glimpse into the system used to dispossess Palestinian landowners, oddly by someone who has no compunction about the issue.

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Elyakim Haetzni to Ministry of Justice General Director
December 17, 1978