Yaalon: Coalition Fate Tied to Beit El´s Ulpana (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gabe Kahn 04/21/12)
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Minister of Strategic Affairs Moshe "Bogie" Yaalon on Saturday
blasted Defense Minister Ehud Barak´s conduct regarding Israeli
communities in Judea and Samaria saying he is pursuing a private
political agenda from that of the ruling government
His remarks, which echoed those of Transportation
Katz on Friday, also reiterated warnings to Prime Minister Binyamin
Netanyahu from other ministers that the destruction of more Jewish
communities would result in "a dissolution of the
"We are a government that strictly observes the rule
of law, and will
not allow settlement on private land," Yaalon told Channel
"We inherited a situation in which many communities were not
in terms of planning and construction," he said, noting many such
Jewish towns had been built on land that was not privately owned, or
which had been abandoned for decades.
"The person responsible
for it in Judea and Samaria is the Defense
Minister – who is unfortunately carrying out private political agenda
from the government," Yaalon said, referring to the government´s
policy of seeking to retroactively approve communities where previous
private ownership cannot be proven.
Now "we suddenly have to
deal with problems like Givat Assaf and the
Ulpana neighborhood in Beit El, where normal people are paying
mortages even as the Defense Minister and State Prosecutor seek to
destroy their homes," Yaalon said.
Yaalon told Channel 2, "The
demolition of the Ulpana neighborhood and
Givat Assaf would demand the dissolution of the government require –
the coalition would collapse."
"Unfortunately, the Defense
Minister has insisted on using the Border
Police to evacuate Beit Hamachpela in Hevron. Its clear the Defense
Minister is pursuing the interest of his Independence Party and not
those of government," Yaalon said, adding "If we reach such a serious
peak of events in Givat Assaf and the Ulpana neighborhood the
government will collapse."
Yaalon is one of the Likud ministers
who has proposed stripping the
Defense Minister of his authority in Judea and Samaria – and to
replace him by a special ministerial committee tasked with making
decisions in his stead.
He also – along with Prime Minister
Binyamin Netanyahu and Minister
Without Portfolio Benny Begin – negotiated the deal Barak violated to
delay the Beit Hamachpela eviction until after Passover so that the
legal facts of the case could fist be established.
Independence Party continues to poll beneath the threshold
needed to be seated in the Knesset should elections be held today.
(IsraelNationalNews © 2012 04/21/12)
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