Cornered by Pressure from Likud Ministers on Ulpana Hill Eviction, Barak Uses Mockery (JEWISH PRESS) By: Jacob Edelist 04/21/12)
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Deputy Prime Minister Moshe (Bogie) Ya’alon and Transportation
Minister Israel Katz on Saturday sharply criticized Defense Minister
Ehud Barak for his handling of Judea and Samaria settlements, both
stressing their objection to the evacuation of the Ulpana Hill
neighborhood, which is slated to be demolished in a month.
The Defense Ministry responded with a mocking statement, saying
that “Katz and Ya’alon must have contracted a severe case
of ‘Feiglinism’ (a reference to Moshe Feiglin who has been
threatening for more than a decade to take the helm at the Likud
party from Primi Minister Netanyahu, and to bolster the
representation of religious members and settlers). This isn’t good
for the state, for its security, its future and the good of the
public in general.”
Sources close to Barak joked with Walla News: “We hope that, for the
sake of the public and its elected representatives in the Knesset, it
will turn out that this ‘Feiglinism’ isn’t contagious.”
Speaking at a cultural event in B’er Sheva, Ya’alon said that if the
Attorney General and the Ministry of Defense persist in their plan to
evacuate the Ulpana Hill in Beit El, this would lead to the collapse
of the Netanyahu government.
“We’ve agreed at the beginning of the term of this government that we
would complete the certification of the design and construction
processes. Suddenly, we witness only the joy of destruction and no
arrangement,” Ya’alon said.
“We are forced to deal with a problem like the Ulpana Hill, where
normal people have taken out mortgages, while at the Ministry of
Defense and the AG are rushing to destroy the place. We have declared
that we would not remove this neighborhood,” he added.
Meanwhile, Transportation Minister Katz, who was visiting the Ulpana
Hill neighborhood in Beit El, said that he had come to make his
position clear, that the neighborhood homes should not be destroyed.
He criticized the Defense Minister: “He took the Ministry of Defense
and turned it into a political tool at the expense of residents.
There are other ways to gather votes.”
Katz added that “it is necessary to update the government’s position
regarding the Ulpana Hill neighborhood. There is no doubt that in its
initial response to the High Court, the State did not take into
account all the consequences.”
In recent weeks, following the High Court’s order to evacuate the
Ulpana Hill in Beit El by May 1, Likud ministers have been applying
great pressure on the Prime Minister to prevent the eviction, and
last week Netanyahu has held several meetings on the future of the
neighborhood, where dozens of families live in multi-story apartment
buildings, constructed with funding from the Ministry of Housing. (©
2012 JewishPress. 04/21/12)
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