NGO petitions High Court of Justice to delay settlement freeze

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The Legal Forum for the Land of Israel filed a petition with the High Court of Justice on Monday against the government and Defense Minister Ehud Barak to delay implementation of the 10-month moratorium on settlement construction approved by the security cabinet last week. Attorney Yossi Fuchs, representing the forum, said that any decision to freeze settlement construction needed to be authorized by the entire government, not just the security cabinet. According to Fuchs, the decision is not based on security concerns, and therefore cannot be made "in a backroom deal, in the darkness, by a secret security cabinet without announcement of prior consultation, and without providing government ministers the opportunity to debate the issue."