Knesset panel to debate Levy Report

The report, which provides legal argument in support of West Bank settlements, was never adopted by gov't, c'tee.

November 27, 2013 01:15
1 minute read.
David Rotem

David Rotem 370. (photo credit: Jeremy Sharon)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief


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 Tuesday.

The report was delivered to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in July 2012, as well as to members of the Ministerial Committee on Settlements.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.

Neither the committee nor the government ever adopted it.

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 land.

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 January 2013.

“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 Committee.

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.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
August 31, 2014
Prime minister to Channel 1: I’ll be running again in next election

By Gil Stern Stern HOFFMAN