Yesha Council Chairman Danny Dayan announced Monday that he is joining four settlers who started a hunger strike last week to try to convince the government to back off from its current policy of removing illegal outposts such as the Ulpana outpost near Beit El.
MK Ya’acov Katz (National Union) said that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's "compromise" plan for resolving the Ulpana controversy had crashed overnight completely.
He added that Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein had vetoed Netanyahu's plan to move the Ulpana structures and was opposed to approving any new homes in the Beit El vicinity. Katz said that Weinstein was only interested in destroying settler homes.
He also noted that Weinstein was not putting forward any solution to preventing future petitions from being filed to evacuate outposts.
Declaring that the prime minister's proposal was in shambles, he said that Netanyahu must let ministers vote their conscience on a Knesset bill that would allow retroactive legalizing of the Ulpana outpost and others throughout the West Bank, or at least ignoring High Court rulings to dismantle them. Gil Hoffman and Tovah Lazaroff contributed to this story.