Opposition Leaders Stump for Barak (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gabe Kahn 04/04/12)
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Opposition leader Shaul Mofaz said Wednesday that the eviction of
Jewish families from Beit Hamachpela house in Hebron was "a necessary
action according to the law."
"The law is the law is the law, and it must be carried out," Mofaz
When it comes to following the law, Mofaz continued, "There is no
difference between a simple minister, the defense minister or any
other senior official."
Defense Minister Ehud Barak´s decision to evict 15 families from
their newly purchased Hevron apartment building was predicated on the
opinion of Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein.
Of particular note was that Barak´s push to evict the families at
Beit Hamachpela was based not on a court decision – or even
challenge – to the purchase, but the families’ failure to properly
validate the sale with his own 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.
Mofaz nonetheless added sharp criticism of Prime Minister Binyamin
Netanyahu´s government´s relationship with the courts.
"In the past three years, there have been attempts at anti-democratic
legislation and inappropriate hesitations from the government on
whether to carry out the decisions of the high court and implement
the law. I hope this is the last hesitation from this government,
because the law is above all."
It remains unclear how Mofaz´s rhetoric applies to Beit Hamachpela in
that no decision by the high court had been rendered, or law had been
violated. Validation of the sale by the Civil Administrative is a
bureaucratic requirement for habitation.
Indeed, Barak´s decision violated an agreement with the Prime
Minister, Minister of Strategic affairs Moshe Yaalon, and Minister
Without Portfolio Benny Begin to delay the eviction until April 26 –
During that time the government intended to "establish the legal
facts" of the Beit Hamachpela purchase.
“I do not know why the Defense Minister says that an examination of
the sale will take weeks when it can be done in just a few days,”
Yaalon said after the eviction.
Labor party leader Shelly Yechimovich joined Mofaz in expressed
support for the evacuation of the Hebron house.
"The security establishment and the rule of law cannot be trampled
upon," Yechimovich said. She criticized Likud ministers who opposed
the evacuation, saying they should act like "ministers of a national
and responsible party" and not compete for the attention of the
Yechimovich did not explain how establishing the legal facts of the
case before proceeding constituted trampling the rule of law.
(Copyright © 2012 East West Services, Inc. 04/04/12)
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