David Rotem 370.
(photo credit: Jeremy Sharon)
The Levy Report, which provides a legal argument in support of West Bank
settlements, will be debated in the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice
Committee next week, committee chairman David Rotem announced on
The report was delivered to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in
July 2012, as well as to members of the Ministerial Committee on
Neither the committee nor the government ever adopted
Penned by a three-person judicial panel with former Supreme Court
justice Edmund Levy at its head, the report also argued that West Bank outposts
should be legalized when possible, particularly if they were built on state
A political campaign to push the government to adopt the report
petered out after Netanyahu was elected to a third term as prime minister in
“It’s our duty to ensure that Justice Levy’s report is
adopted by the government,” Rotem said on Tuesday.
He added that its
passage would repair the damage that had resulted from private attorney Talia
Sasson’s initial government commission report on West Bank outposts, which the
government received in March 2005.
Her report focused on the creation of
illegal outposts and argued for their removal.
In contrast, the Levy
report seeks to authorize them and normalize the treatment of land issues in the
West Bank as much as possible.
The Constitution, Law and Justice
Committee debate may be able to shine a political spotlight on the report, but
cannot advance it legally.
New legislation on settlement building would
need Netanyahu’s support and the initial approval of the Ministerial Legislative
Since entering office, Netanyahu has rejected the option of
dealing with issues of Jewish building in the West Bank through Knesset
legislation, preferring instead to use existing mechanisms.