The government should not demolish any Jewish homes in the West Bank Ulpana outpost, Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz said on Friday during a visit to the neighborhood near the Beit El settlement.
"I came here to express clearly that the houses here should not be destroyed," Katz said in Ulpana, which is nestled in the hills north of Jerusalem. "The government must amend its position concerning the Ulpana neighborhood."
"There is no doubt that when the government gave its answer to the Supreme Court it did not consider all the consequences of that decision," Katz said, referring to the court case in which the government had promised to evacuate the controversial homes in Ulpana.
Katz said he was working to establish a ministerial committee that would oversee settlement affairs, explaining that it would be "a formal body in which ministers can express their positions."
"The Defense Ministry, of course, will be part of this [committee] but it will not be determining policy by itself," he said, reiterating criticism of Defense Minister Ehud Barak, who Katz charged was turning the Defense Ministry into a political tool "at the expense" of settlers.
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