Minister Shalom Visits Ulpana Neighborhood (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gabe Kahn 04/27/12)
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Vice premier Silvan Shalom on Friday visited the threatened Ulpana
neighborhood in Beit El.
Shalom´s visit came as the Netanyahu government petitioned the
Supreme Court to postpone and reconsider the destruction of the
Shalom said he hopes a legal solution can be found to save the
neighborhood, but stressed legislation remains a viable option.
"There cannot be a circumstance in which citizens who came here
legally and hold deeds live under the threat of eviction," Shalom
said. "The residents here are honest people and the state that sent
them to settle the land must find a solution for them."
"We must treat all land disputes just as they would be were they to
be resolved by a court within the Green line," he said. "There is no
room to treat the people of Judea and Samaria worse than others.
Shalom added, "We see people disillusioned with the national camp,
and the thought that more evictions will occur is unacceptable to us."
His remarks were taken as a reference to a controversial Supreme
Court ruling under then-chief justice Dorit Benisch that all non-
state land in Judea and Samaria was ´Arab Land´ by default.
Under Benisch, the Supreme Court which does not deal in evidentiary
questions failed to refer the case before it to a lower court
competent to evaluate evidence of land ownership, such as deeds.
The ruling, which some critics say was tantamount to an ideological
decision under color of law, put several communities which were built
with government approval and assistance often on land that was
legally purchased or had been abandoned for generations in the
crosshairs of destruction.
The State Attorney has asked the Supreme Court to extend the deadline
for destroying the Ulpana neighborhood for 90 days. During that time
should the court approve the government would seek to find a legal
solution that would avert the neighborhood´s destruction.
Last Monday, a ministerial committee comprised of Defense Minister
Ehud Barak, Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz, Minister of
Transportation Israel Katz, Minister Dan Meridor, Minister of
Strategic Affairs Moshe "Bogie" Yaalon and Education Minister Gideon
Saar resolved to ask the court for the stay in order to find a way to
save the community.
The spate of demolitions of Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria
under the Netanyahu government has brought the ruling coalition
lead by the traditionally pro-settlement Likud party to a point of
Numerous ministers in the Likud and the heads of its coalition
partners have said should the Ulpana neighborhood be destroyed
the government will fall. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 04/27/12)
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