The Ministerial Legislative Committee is likely to debate a bill on Sunday that
would authorize illegal West Bank construction on private Palestinian property
in settlements and outposts.
The move is part of a pitched political
battle to prevent the state from destroying such homes.
argued that in many cases, the unauthorized homes were constructed with the help
of government funds, even if they lacked the proper permits.
cases, the state also offered Israeli property owners incentives to purchase the
homes, the politicians say.
The bill states that private Palestinian
property should be reclassified as state land if settler homes were constructed
on that property with the help of state funds, such as for infrastructure work
or personal loans and grants. The land should also be reclassified if the state
gave any kind of initial approval for the construction, the bill
Palestinians with proof of purchase should be
The bill adds that independently of the above conditions,
whenever Palestinian owners are compensated for their land, the land in question
should be reclassified.
The bill seeks to redress the situation whereby
people live in homes that cannot be authorized. Politicians have noted that if
the state destroys these homes, the land is not likely to be returned to the
Palestinian owner in any case.
The bill was filed by MK Ya’acov Katz
(National Union) and has the support of coalition chairman Ze’ev Elkin (Likud).
Likud MKs Miri Regev and Yair Levin have also signed on to the bill, as has
Israel Beiteinu MK David Rotem.
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