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(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
National Union Party head, MK Ya’acov Katz, plans on Wednesday to ask the
Knesset plenum to help stop the demolition of West Bank outpost
The move comes after the Ministerial Legislative Committee on
Sunday delayed by three months a debate on a bill that would make such
demolitions more difficult.
The bill would require Palestinians to prove
in a court hearing that they own the land an outpost home is built on before the
IDF could raze the structure.
Such a private member’s bill must pass a
preliminary reading and three additional readings before it can become
Settlers have long complained that the High Court of Justice has
accepted state classification of land as belonging to private Palestinian
citizens, even when the issue was not fully adjudicated in a land
But on Sunday, at a Likud ministerial committee, Prime Minister
Binyamin Netanyahu asked politicians not to approve the bill at this
In the past few weeks the Legislative Ministerial Committee has
either rejected or delayed debate on multiple bills aimed at preventing the
demolition of outpost homes.
The flurry of legislation came in the
aftermath of pledges the state made to the High Court of Justice to remove the
Givat Assaf, Ulpana and Migron outposts in 2012.
Katz accused Netanyahu
of delaying debate on the legislation to allow for the demolition of the Migron
outpost, which is slated for March.
“It is for this reason,” he said,
“that I have turned to the Knesset.”
Dani Dayan, who heads the Council of
Jewish Communities of Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip said the Ministerial
Legislative Committee had acted irresponsibly.
“This legislation which
strengthens the rule of law and order should have been supported. The current
judicial situation is absurd and intolerable,” Dayan said.
But Peace Now
Executive- Director Yariv Oppenheimer applauded the Ministerial Committee’s
“Even the prime minister understands that the evacuation of
Migron is a basic requirement for a law-abiding nation,” he said.
legislative attempt to authorize theft will be shattered by Israel’s desire to
remain a democracy.”