The government has no intention of retrospectively legalizing construction in Horsha or in the Giv’at Hayovel neighborhood of the settlement Eli, Eitan Broshi, the Defense Ministry’s settlement issues adviser told Army Radio Sunday morning.
Broshi was responding to Peace Now claims the government’s brief presented to the High Court of Justice Friday intended to legalize houses constructed illegally in the two settlements.
The brief said the government intended to conduct a land census to determine whether the neighborhoods indeed sat on private Palestinian land and not on government land, and were therefore illegal.
The Giv’at Hayovel neighborhood is home to the bereaved families of Major Eliraz Peretz and Major Ro’i Klein, who both died in service. Efforts have been made by MKs and ministers, including Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to refrain from having to demolish the neighborhood.