Netanyahu Plays ‘Dodge’em’ on Hevron House and Beit El (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu 04/17/12)
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Likud Cabinet ministers Tuesday demanded action and not words after
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu promised “we will find a solution”
for the Ulpena neighborhood in Beit El and other Jewish communities
threatened with expulsion by Defense Minister Ehud Barak.
Education Minister Gideon Sa´ar said the Cabinet ministers also were
not happy at the Prime Minister’s non-committal statement concerning
the “Machpela House” in Hevron, where Barak expelled 15 families
three weeks ago even though they provided proof the building had been
purchased legally from an Arab.
Barak’s order came a day after Prime Minister Netanyahu had reached
an understanding that no expulsion would take place until the
purchase was further investigated to be legal. Barak took action on
the grounds that the presence of Jews in the three-story building
across from the Patriarchs’ Cave constituted a “provocation.”
Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz flatly stated Tuesday that
Barak’s decisions to expel residents from Hevron and from the Ulpena
neighborhood are “driven by political considerations.”
After the expulsion from the Hevron building, Prime Minister
Netanyahu promised that he would take action to legalize the
communities of Rechelim and Bruchim, in Samaria, and Sansana, which
straddles the temporary 1949 Armistice Lines north of Be’er Sheva.
In response to the Prime Minister’s statement that “we will find a
solution” Saar warned that if he does not, the Knesset will take
action and pass a law to legalize the communities.
Deputy Prime Minister Silvan Shalom said he sees no problem with
passing such a law, which would overcome obstacles set by the High
Court on the legality of the communities, but Minister Benny Begin
objected. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 04/17/12)
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