Lieberman: Media and Politicians ‘Off Their Rockers’ (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu 04/23/12)
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Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman took aim at the media and certain
politicians Monday for “going off their rockers” over expelling Jews
from five homes in the Ulpana neighborhood of Beit El, located in
Samaria and approximately 15 miles from Jerusalem.
Defense Minister Ehud Barak, relying on a High Court ruling, has
ordered that the families be expelled next month, following similar
expulsions he has ordered dozens of times in several hilltop
communities in Judea and Samaria and most recently in Hevron. Last
month, he broke an unwritten agreement with Prime Minister Binyamin
Netanyahu to check details of the sale of a building in Hevron to
Jews and instead sent in police to chase out 15 families.
Unlike the Hevron building, which by all accounts was legally
purchased, the issue of the homes in Beit El, one of the largest
Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria, is whether the five homes
were built on private Arab land.
Barak, feeling the pressure from coalition ministers favoring
legislation to legalize the homes before the scheduled expulsion next
month, said Sunday that the problem could be solved if the land were
to be bought.
As Defense Minister, Barak has the final say on who can or cannot
live in Judea and Samaria.
Lieberman pointed out that while “politicians” – meaning Barak – and
the media are “going off the rails” over the Ulpana homes, they are
ignoring thousands of acres of land in the Galilee used for illegally
built buildings by “not very sympathetic elements,” meaning Bedouin
and Arabs who often ally with anti-Israel politicians and sometimes
The Foreign Minister said the media are trying to make the Ulpana
neighborhood issue into a crisis that would force early elections,
which he said will not happen.
The mainstream media campaign is sympathetic to expulsions, based on
the claim that Israel is a democratic state that acts according to
the law.” Lieberman pointed out that Israeli governments, primarily
those under Labor party majorities, authorized and backed the
families in many communities in Judea and Samaria.
“If there was a mistake [in building homes on private Arab land}, it
was that of the government, which must take responsibility and
rectify its error,” said Lieberman. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012
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