State to Ask Court to Delay Ulpana Demolition (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari 04/24/12)
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu conducted a special meeting with
his senior ministers on Monday evening. The purpose of the meeting
was to find a legal solution that would prevent the destruction of
the Ulpana neighborhood in Beit El.
Five homes in the neighborhood are scheduled to be demolished on May
1, following an order by the Supreme Court. 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.
At the end of the discussion it was decided that the State Attorney´s
Office will approach the Supreme Court and ask for the demolition to
be delayed. At the same time, according to the decision, a committee
will be established to examine the legal status of the houses and
In addition to Netanyahu, the meeting was attended by Defense
Minister Ehud Barak, Deputy Prime Minister Moshe Ya´alon and
ministers Benny Begin, Dan Meridor, Yuval Steinitz, Yisrael Katz and
Also taking part in the discussion were Attorney General Attorney
Yehuda Weinstein and representatives of the State Attorney’s Office,
Civil Administration and the Coordinator of Government Activities in
Judea and Samaria.
The decision came following earlier reports that Barak instructed his
office to find a solution to legalize the Ulpana neighborhood.
Barak has been feeling the pressure from cabinet ministers who are
favoring legislation to legalize the homes before the scheduled
expulsion. On Sunday, he said that the problem could be solved if the
land were to be bought.
Ministers have informed Netanyahu that if the neighborhood is
destroyed, his coalition will follow. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012
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