Gov´t panel seeks extension on Ulpana evacuation (JERUSALEM POST) By HERB KEINON, JPOST.COM STAFF 04/24/12)
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A special ministerial committee on Monday night decided to seek from
the Supreme Court a delay to the scheduled evacuation of the Ulpana
outpost located on the outskirts of the Beit El settlement, which the
is slated to be evacuated by the end of April because it was built on
private Palestinian land.
The committee instructed the Prosecutor´s Office to seek an extension
from the court this week.
The committee also decided to legalize the three West Bank outposts
of Rehalim, Bruchin and Sansana.
Regarding Rehalim and Bruchin, which are both in Samaria, and
Sansana, located in the southern Hebron Hills, government officials
said the decision to formalize their status did not “change the
reality on the ground,” and that the move neither represented the
establishment of new settlements or the expansion of existing ones.
Rather, the officials said, the move merely gave legal standing to
the three communities which, for various technical reasons, had never
been granted that status in the past.
The government approved the creation of Bruchin on May 19, 1983,
Rehalim on November 27, 1991, and Sansana on June 28, 1998 as legal
settlements, according to the Prime Minister’s Office.
Netanyahu promised to formalize the standing of the three
communities, as well as find a solution to the Ulpana outpost without
destroying 30 homes there, after the security forces removed Jews who
had moved into a home they purchased in Hebron earlier this month.
Officials said the decision to formally authorize the three
communities as settlements did not violate a pledge Israel made not
to create new settlements, because these communities were created
prior to that promise.
Attorney Talia Sasson included Bruchin and Rehalim in her 2005 report
on outposts that she penned for the government.
According to Sasson, Bruchin was established in May 1999 on state
land, some two kilometers away from the Alei Zahav settlement with
NIS 3.3 million from the Construction and Housing Ministry.
She said it was unclear if it had authorization from the government
or the Defense Ministry. She did note that according to the civil
administration, it had been approved by the government.
Sasson added that it also lacked zoning plans.
According to Sasson’s report, Rehalim was created in 1991, near the
Kfar Tapuah settlement, with NIS 980,000 from the Construction and
Housing Ministry. She said that it lacked authorization from the
government or the Defense Ministry.
It was built partially on state land and partially on land that
belonged to private Palestinians, she added. Tovah Lazaroff
contributed to this report. (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem Post 04/24/12)
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