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(photo credit: Baz Ratner / Reuters)
The Ministerial Committee for Legislation will decide Sunday whether the
government will support a bill that would make it much more difficult to
evacuate unauthorized settlement outposts in Judea and Samaria.
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committee has voted down multiple bills pertaining to outposts over the past few
months. But this bill is perceived to have a slightly better chance of passing
than its predecessors.
The bill would require Palestinians to clearly
prove in a court hearing that they have ownership of the land an outpost is
built on before the IDF would be permitted to raze buildings or evacuate
Israel Beiteinu ministers are expected to support the bill and
Independence Party ministers will support the legislation, which was sponsored
by Likud MKs Ze’ev Elkin, Yariv Levin and Tzipi Hotovely, Israel Beiteinu MK
David Rotem, and National Union chairman Ya’acov Katz.
have come under intense pressure from pro-settlement organizations to vote in
favor of the legislation. Council of Jewish Communities in Judea and Samaria
Chairman Danny Dayan lobbied ministers on Saturday night to back the
“This bill would not enable private land to be taken away from
Palestinians or retroactively authorize outposts,” Dayan said.
proposal is loyal to the rule of law, because it gives the courts the right to
make the decisions and it protects human rights better than the current
situation. Any way you look at it, this bill is worthy of support.”
the current system, the civil administration in the IDF that governs the West
Bank, and commanders in the field, can authorize evacuating outposts and
destroying houses. Their decisions don’t have to be announced in advance, so
they are only appealed to courts after the evacuation or destruction takes
The bill was initiated after Palestinians had trouble proving
their ownership of the land Migron was built on after the court ordered the
large outpost evacuated.
Channel 2 reported Saturday night that Justice
Edmond Levy, who is set to retire next week, will be asked to join a
governmental task force on outposts.