Here's Ralph Kostant's latest:
Remember Kelo v. City of New London? That was the Supreme Court decision expanding local government’s power of eminent domain, which commanded the attention of the Hedgehogs and many others just a few weeks ago. One of the biggest fears of critics of the decision is that moneyed real estate development interests may use their influence over local government to employ eminent domain in order to acquire sites for private development projects, at bargain prices.
A scary prelude of the possible abuses that Kelo may permit may be seen right now, in the Gaza disengagement. True, Israel is not subject to the Fifth Amendment of the United States Constitution. However, advocates of the removal of Jews from Gaza often point to the precedent of eminent domain, and say that the destruction of Jewish towns and the relocation of their residents is really no more than a traditional exercise of eminent domain. Government takings “ain’t often easy and ain’t often kind,” as the former Latino residents of Chavez Ravine, removed in the 1950s to make way for Dodger Stadium, would testify.
Well, the precedent may be more apt than its presenters imagined. As Carol Glick reports in The Jerusalem Post:
This week it was reported that longtime Sharon crony South African businessman Cyril Kern is an investor in a project to build a casino in Elei Sinai after the government expels the community's Jewish residents next month. Allegations that Kern illegally funded Sharon's political campaigns form the basis for one of the ongoing criminal investigations being conducted against the premier. [RK Note: this investigation resulted this week in the indictment of Omri Sharon, son of the Prime Minister.]On Tuesday, the Knesset State Control Committee launched an investigation into Brig.-Gen. (res.) Eival Giladi, who serves in the Prime Minister's Office as the coordinator of all governmental activities related to the withdrawal of the IDF and the expulsion of Jewish residents from the Gaza Strip and northern Samaria. Earlier in the month the Makor Rishon newspaper and Israel News Resource Agency revealed that Giladi also serves as the director of the British nonprofit Portland Trust, which is seeking to raise $500 million in investment funds to develop Gush Katif after it is emptied of its Jewish residents in the operation that Giladi oversees.
Could it be that the Gaza disengagement is not the price of peace, or a step toward fulfillment of the Middle East Roadmap, but a land scam by corrupt Israeli and Palestinian power brokers?
Ralph B. Kostant