Netanyahu forms panel to okay West Bank outposts, despite pledge to bring to cabinet vote (HAŽARETZ NEWS) By Ophir Bar-Zohar 04/23/12)
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his cabinet on Sunday that he
would submit the issue of sanctioning three West Bank outposts to a
specially formed panel, despite the fact that he was expected to
bring their recognition to the approval of the cabinet.
Netanyahu´s comments came after, earlier this month, the premier
informed his ministers that, following the recommendation of Defense
Minister Ehud Barak, he would submit to the cabinet "the necessary
permits for providing for the status of the communities of Bruchin,
Sansana and Rechalim."
In addition, during last week´s cabinet meeting, Netanyahu said that
he would bring the settlements´ municipal construction plan to the
However, instead of bringing the outposts to the cabinet´s approval,
Netanyahu speaking in a the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on
Sunday, said that he intended to regulate the status of Bruchin,
Sansana and Rechalim through a panel that would work to recognize
settlements built on state land or through aid of any kind from the
The panel will be comprised of Netanyahu himself, Barak, Vice Prime
Minister Moshe Ya´alon, and Minister Benny Begin, and will be
authorized to reach a decision on the matter.
Netanyahu´s announcement came amid a tense debate in the government
over the future of the Ulpana neighborhood of the West Bank
settlement of Beit El, which is slated for demolition in May.
Speaking to cabinet ministers on Sunday, Netanyahu asked to lower the
media profile of a debate on the future of Ulpana.
However, immediately following the meeting, chief minister and Vice
Prime Minister Silvan Shalom released a statement on his Facebook
page, saying that "the settlement flag is the central flag of the
Likud movement, and the evacuation of settlements is simply out of
"Solutions should be found like compensating land owners, if that is
required, or legislation. We will continue to act in a manner which
leaves the neighborhood in place and the settlers in their homes,"
the statement added.
Speaking earlier Sunday to Army Radio, Vice Prime Minister Moshe
Ya´alon criticized what he said was Barak´s politically motivated
move to evacuate Ulpana, saying that "those who hide behind the rule
of law harm the rule of law."
"I hope the prime minister will find an adequate solution that won´t
impair the rule of law and the authority of the Israeli government,"
Ya´alon said. (© Copyright 2012 Ha´aretz 04/23/12)
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