Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu 311 (R).
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Monday addressed illegal settlement
construction, saying that there are enough legal options available for
building in the land of Israel.
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Speaking at a Likud faction meeting, Netanyahu said: "It is possible to be faithful to both the land of Israel and the law."
should all be united under these principals," he added, saying that
protecting settlements and protecting the law are not contradictory.
"There are enough places to build without it being on somebody's private land," the prime minister said.
Netanyahu told Likud MKs that the areas in Jerusalem where massive
housing starts were approved in recent weeks will remain Israeli
territory in any future agreement. "This is very important to you and to
Overnight Monday, police arrested 12 people, including seven minors,
during the demolition of three illegally built temporary structures that
made up the small fledgling outpost of Oz Zion, located near the Givat
Assaf outpost in the Binyamin region of the West Bank.
Police said that right wing activists, including some of those arrested,
threw stones at the military vehicles, the IDF soldiers and members of
the Civil Administration who arrived at Oz Zion in the pre-dawn hours.
In response to the raid and a court order that requires the state to
demolish a large number of settler homes built on private Palestinian
land in the coming months, settler activists brought their struggle to
the Knesset on Monday.
Several hundred people marched
from the Supreme Court to the Knesset
Monday afternoon, bringing with them a large ball. Symbolically at
least, the activists told MKs, "the ball is now in your court."
The message is a reference to recent efforts by lawmakers to legalize
through Knesset legislation some of the homes ordered evacuated by the
Also Monday, MK
Yuli Edelstein was expected to bring a number of top Zionist rabbis to
the Knesset in protest of the dismantling of West Bank
Rabbis Lior, Melamed, Druckman, Eisman, Drori and
Steiner plan to tell Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu that they won't
accept what they call his policy of dismantling settlement homes.
Tovah Lazaroff contributed to this report