PM: Beit Mamachpela Expulsion on Hold (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gabe Kahn 04/03/12)
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Tuesday said the proposed
evacuation of Beit Hamachpela (House of the Patriarchs) is on hold
until the facts can be verified.
"I am coordinating with the defense minister. I asked him to hold off
on the evacuation so we can check the matter, and that is what we are
doing," Netanyahu said.
Netanyahu is expected to convene his ministerial committee of 15
senior ministers at 18:00 to discuss the crisis in Hevron.
The Prime Minister´s comments came after a 15:00 deadline from
Defense Minister Ehud Barak for 15 Jewish families to voluntarily
leave the building passed without action from the IDF.
Barak had said he would force the issue, but has apparently backed
down in the face of united and angry opposition from Netanyahu´s
ruling Likud party.
Of particular note is that Barak´s push to evict the families at Beit
Hamachpela was based not on a court challenge to the purchase, but
the families’ failure to properly validate the sale with his ministry.
The families say they moved in after the sale fearing the building –
uninhabited – would be occupied by local Arabs before the Civil
Administration validated their purchase.
Several Likud lawmakers have charged Barak is seeking to use the
issue as an electoral ploy – his Independence party continues to poll
beneath the requisite threshold to be seated should elections be
held. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 04/03/12)
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