The Ministerial Committee on Settlement Affairs which Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu set up and will chair, was scheduled to go before the cabinet for approval on Sunday, the Prime Minister's Office announced on Thursday.

According to the PMO, "the committee will have authority to formulate government policy regarding unregulated construction on state and private lands, including the main issues that have reached the courts. Committee decisions will have the status of cabinet decisions and ministers will be unable to appeal them."

In addition to Netanyahu, Defense Minister Ehud Barak, Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman, Science and Technology Minister Daniel Hershkowitz, Vice Premier Shaul Mofaz, Interior Minister Eli Yishai, Strategic Affairs Minister Moshe Ya'alon, Minister Benny Begin, Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs Minister Yuli Edelstein, Education Minister Gideon Saar and Environmental Protection Minister Gilad Erdan will also be members of the committee.


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