Three Jewish Communities to be Legalized (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari 04/24/12)
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A ministerial team that had been appointed by the government on
Sunday announced on Monday that three communities in Judea and
Samaria will be legalized.
The three communities are Sansana, Rechelim and Bruchin. All three
communities were built in the 1990s based on decisions of previous
governments. The announcement means the communities will receive a
legal status which hadn’t been given to them until now.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu decided on Sunday to set up the
ministerial committee and task them with legalizing the communities.
The team is comprised of Netanyahu, Defense Minister Ehud Barak,
Minister of Strategic Affairs Moshe Ya´alon and Minister Benny Begin.
Netanyahu announced three weeks ago that he had given instructions to
legalize the three communities.
Following Monday’s announcement, the Shomron Regional Council, which
has brought over the last two years more than sixty ministers and
Knesset members and hundreds of journalists on a tour of Samaria,
expressed cautious satisfaction.
“The approval corrects an injustice and it is good that it has been
done, even if belatedly,” said Shomron Regional Council head Gershon
Mesika. “Hundreds of civilians were held hostage and were for years
subject to the eccentricity of the politician Ehud Barak, who refused
to sign the master plans of large communities that had been
established and built by the State. We expect to finish the process
and that the injustice will be corrected.”
MK Aryeh Eldad (National Union) was less optimistic about the
announcement, accusing the government of “recycling” the announcement
about legalizing communities.
“The Likud government is recycling the same legalization message for
communities which have existed for many years,” said Eldad. “It is
only because of [former Prime Minister Ariel] Sharon, who ordered the
Sasson Report from the Israeli anti-Zionist far left, that these
localities were declared illegal outposts.”
Eldad added, “There is a fear that today’s message regarding the
legalization came to prepare the ground to destroy Migron, the Ulpana
neighborhood in Beit El and Givat Assaf. Netanyahu must know that no
one among those who are faithful to the Land of Israel will buy more
of these tricks.”
The announcement comes as the threat of demolition still hangs over
the Ulpana neighborhood in Beit El.
Five homes in the neighborhood are scheduled to be demolished next
month, 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.
Barak, who has been feeling the pressure from cabinet ministers who
are favoring legislation to legalize the homes before the scheduled
expulsion, ordered his office on Monday to find ways to legalize the
On Saturday, Minister of Strategic Affairs Moshe Yaalon said
Barak´s "private political agenda" threatened the "dissolution of the
Minister of Transportation Yisrael Katz, who was a guest in the
Ulpana neighborhood on Friday, said that "Barak is using the Defense
Ministry as political tool against the settlers."
Ministers have informed Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu that if the
neighborhood is destroyed, his coalition will follow.
(IsraelNationalNews © 2012 04/24/12)
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