Netanyahu to A-G: Save W. Bank outpost from demolition (JERUSALEM POST) By HERB KEINON 04/04/12)
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told his ministers at a cabinet
meeting Wednesday morning that he had asked Attorney-General Yehuda
Weinstein to find a solution to the controversial Ulpana neighborhood
in Bet El that will prevent the demolition of five buildings there.
He also said that in the near future he will bring recommendations,
approved by Defense Minister Ehud Barak, that will formalize the
status of three unauthorized outposts: Bruchin, Sansana and Rechalim.
His comments came just hours after he decided together with Barak and
a small group of ministers that the disputed home in Hebron would be
evacuated by the end of April. The timing led to speculation that
the directive to Weinstein regarding the neighborhood in Bet El, and
the recommendations regarding the unauthorized outposts, were
compensation for the evacuation of the Hebron home.
The Ulpana neighborhood in Bet El was built from 2002 – 2008 on land
purchased from Palestinians in 2000, but the paper work was later
judged to be unauthentic and the structures there – which house some
30 apartments – were scheduled for demolition in April.
Already in 2005, the neighborhood was included in a report on
unauthorized outposts submitted to the government by private attorney
Sasson classified it as an outpost called Pisgat Yaakov or Jabel
Artis, that was first established in 1995, outside the boundaries of
Beit El. She said it was built without any permits on private
Palestinian property. But, she said, it did receive NIS 4.5 million
from the Ministry of Construction and Housing. (© 1995-2011, The
Jerusalem Post 04/04/12)
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