UN, Jordan, France Slam Normalization Decision (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gabe Kahn 04/24/12)
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France and Jordan rushed on Tuesday to condemn Israel´s decision to
normalize the status of three communities in Judea and Samaria.
The communities of Rechilim, Bruchin, and Sansana were built in the
1990´s with government approval.
The Foreign Ministry in Paris issued a statement that the move "sends
a negative message, which is an obstacle to peace."
According to France, all Israeli construction in Judea, Samaria, and
eastern Jerusalem is illegal.
Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh also condemned Israel
for "legalization of three settlements and unilateral activity."
Later on Tuesday, United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-Moon said
he is “deeply troubled” by Israel’s decision to authorize the
communities, which were built on state land with government approval,
but lacked crucial paperwork.
“The Secretary-General is disappointed that such a decision comes at
a time of renewed efforts to restart dialogue,” a statement read.
Nonetheless, a special Ministerial team appointed by the government
to determine the status of Israel´s community in Judea and Samaria
decided last Tuesday to regulate the three communities.
In the case of Sansana, the planning commission of the IDF Civil
Administration which administers Judea and Samaria had tried in
February to overrule the approval of Defense Minister Ehud Barak for
The United Nations – and France and Jordan – regard Israel as
an ´occupying power´ in Judea and Samaria who is proscrobed from
developing and settling the region. Israel, which has formally
annexed eastern Jerusalem, regards Judea and Samaria as ´disputed
territory´ on which no such restriction exists.
The matter has never been decided by a competent international court.
A statement by the Prime Minister´s Office this evening said Prime
Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, along with Defense Minister Ehud Barak,
Minister without portfolio Benny Begin, and Minister of Strategic
Affairs Moshe "Bogie" Ya´alon decided to legalize the status of these
communities "on the basis of previous government decisions."
Observers note that Barak´s stance on Israel´s communities in Judea
and Samaria appears erratic at best. He has previously moved to
destroy Yesha communities with government approval like Migron – or
evict Jewish families from homes they have legally purchased in the
absence of a court decision while citing the "rule of law," like Beit
Hamachpelah in Hevron.
Yet, in others like Sansana and Beit El´s Ulpana neighborhood, he has
followed the Netanyahu government´s policy of seeking ways to
normalize the status of communities in order to preserve them.
Officials say France and Jordan´s condemnation of Israel´s move to
continue settling its ancestral heartland were expected. Such
condemnations from the United States and European Union are also
expected. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 04/24/12)
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