Rivlin agrees to hold Knesset session on outposts (JERUSALEM POST) By TOVAH LAZAROFF, JOANNA PARASZCZUK 03/26/12)
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Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin agreed Sunday night to hold a special
plenum session on legalizing outposts constructed on private
Palestinian property if he receives the necessary 25 signatures.
Vice Premier Silvan Shalom (Likud) said he supports such a move. “The
last word has not been spoken on this subject,” he said.
Right-wing parliamentarians moved immediately to call for the plenum
to debate the matter during the Passover break, upon hearing that the
High Court of Justice had ordered the evacuation of the Migron
outpost by August 1 of this year.
The outpost is built on property classified by the state as belonging
to private Palestinians.
The state had hoped to delay its evacuation until November 30, 2015,
when permanent homes could be built for the outpost’s 50 families on
state land located 2 km. away.
The court’s rejection of the compromise prompted parliamentarians to
turn to the Knesset to legislate a solution.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has rejected such legislative
attempts in the past. The Prime Minister’s Office did not respond to
the latest initiative.
As of press time, however, the MKs had not yet collected enough
signatures to ensure a special session.
In light of Sunday’s court ruling, however, MK Uri Ariel (National
Union) said, “there is no option but to advance legislation that
would give Migron legal standing at its present site without any
relocation or evacuation.”
Migron is not the only immediately endangered outpost located on land
classified as private Palestinian property.
In separate court cases the state had promised to evacuate the
outposts of Givat Assaf, Amona and the Ulpana, which are similarly
Parliamentarians from the Likud, the Nation Union and Habayit
Hayehudi want to push forward legislation that would authorize such
outposts, and any other with the same classification.
The legislation argues that under the law of abandoned property,
outposts that have been in existence for more than seven years can be
reclassified as state land.
In addition, the state should compensate the Palestinian landowners
for the property, according to the legislation.
MK Ya’acov Katz (National Union) said that from the start it had been
clear to him that the only solution to Migron was legislation.
The government should not destroy any community it helped to create,
“There is no reason why Jews should be evacuated from their homes
under a Likud government,” said MK Danny Danon (Likud). “We must make
use of the responsibility given to us by the people to lead the
nation and the settlements in Judea and Samaria according to the
values of Ze’ev Jabotinsky and [former prime minister] Menachem
A number of right-wing parliamentarians slammed the court’s decision
warning that it could lead to violence and possible civil war.
MK Arye Eldad (National Union) said that “the court proved today that
it preferred Arab interests over Jewish settlement even at the
expense of spilling blood. If blood is spilled in Migron it will be
on the heads of the court justices.”
Likud activist Moshe Feiglin warned that parliamentarians who opposed
the legislation would lose his support and that of his followers in
the next election.
MK Uri Orbach (Habayit Hayehudi) said the court’s judgment clarified
the irrelevance of setting a date for new elections.
“There is no need to advance the elections. We should eliminate them.
Any which way it is clear that the judges believe they run the
country,” he said.
The Legal Forum for the Land of Israel slammed the court.
“The High Court justices could have made a decision to avoid conflict
in Israeli society,” said Forum director attorney Nachi
Eyal. “Clearly the court thinks human rights are only for
Palestinians, not for Jews.”
“What do you expect from a panel containing a justice who won’t sing
Hatikva?” Eyal added, in a dig at Supreme Court Justice Salim
Joubran, who declined to sing the national anthem at Supreme Court
president (emeritus) Dorit Beinisch’s retirement ceremony.
Eyal called on the Knesset to strengthen legislation to resolve land
disputes in the West Bank in different ways. (© 1995-2011, The
Jerusalem Post 03/26/12)
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