A Compassionate Peace: A Future for the Middle East: A by Everett Mendelsohn

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11 The Sep hardic vote gave Begin his new strength. Also, fifteen Labor seats were lost in the election to a new middle-of-the-road coalition led by the well­ known archaeologist and former general Yigal Yadin. Yadin's Demo­ cratic Movement for Change (DASH) was comprised of a split from the Labor Party by those of its traditional constituency who resented what they viewed as drift in government and laxness on issues of corruption. DASH, together with the National Religious Party (which had brought its members into coalition in every government since 1948) and Agudat Yisrael (a small ultraorthodox party) gave Begin his political majority in the ninth Knesset.

13 Israel has for some years been linking the electricity system of the occupied territories into the Israel grid. A recent attempt by the Israel Power Corporation to merge the old Jordanian Jerusalem Electric Company into Israel's grid was opposed by the Arab directors. The Israeli High Court supported the Arab opposition. 14 Israel's desire to merge West Bank electric systems is based on an overall plan to control West Bank economic activity and its infrastructure and to make electricity available to Israeli settlements.

Though the amendments and reforms of Jordanian law made by the military government have 30 I A COMPASSIONATE PEACE Israel's security as their justification, in the eyes oflocal residents they seem capricious and unfounded. -trained lawyer, and issued by the International Commission ofJurists, puts forward this perplexity in its conclusion. " They go on to say: One can but wonder, when finding such an order, whether the point of issuing it was to protect nature, to safeguard the economic interests of Israeli planters, or perhaps to deprive the Palestinian population of access to a herb which, through the many allusions to it in Palestinian literature, has come to symbolize the attachment of Palestinians to their land and their love of the herbs that are peculiar to it ...

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