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Knesset bill would give tax breaks for settlement donations

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A Knesset committee advanced a bill that would provide tax breaks for donations to "encourage settlement."

The bill, which was approved Monday for its second and third Knesset plenum readings, allows a tax break of up to 35 percent for both the establishment of new settlements and the expansion of existing ones.

Its sponsors — Likud Party lawmakers Ze’ev Elkin and Zion Pinyan — say the bill includes non-Jewish settlement, according to the Israeli business daily Globes.

Elkin said the bill could assist Jewish development in the Negev and the Galilee, as well as Bedouin villages.