Hill of horrors (HAŽARETZ NEWS) By Yossi Verter 05/08/12)
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The coalition had such hopes pinned on Justice Asher Grunis. Its
members made extreme efforts to get him named Supreme Court
president. He was supposed to be their anti-Beinisch: the right-wing,
nationalist, Zionist response to former court President Dorit
Beinisch, the bane of their existance.
But as great as the hopes were, the disappointment was even greater:
Not once, but twice since assuming his post, Grunis has handed
humiliating defeats to the political right. A month ago, Grunis
ordered the evacuation of the illegal outpost at Migron by August 1,
and on Monday, he rejected the impudent request by the government to
leave Beit El´s Ulpana neighborhood in place for, well, for forever,
if not a bit longer.
The silence that enveloped the Prime Minister´s Office yesterday was
evidence of the shock it had received. The Ulpana neighborhood,
comprised of five multi-family buildings on the edge of Beit El, has
turned into Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu´s hill of horrors.
Sending bulldozers there and forcibly evacuating some 200 men, women
and children in the midst of an election campaign would be the
equivalent, in electoral terms, of the series of terrorist bombings
in early 1996 that ended up toppling Shimon Peres´s government.
Thus one can cautiously assume that Netanyahu will not consider, even
in his worst nightmares, adhering to the High Court´s ruling. The
sight of demolished buildings and evacuated settlers only weeks
before an election will drive masses of Likud voters into the hands
of Avigdor Lieberman´s Yisrael Beiteinu and National Union. And the
mantra being chanted by all during the past few days - "Netanyahu
will be the next prime minister" - will be very much in doubt.
Until only a few weeks ago, Netanyahu would tell his interlocutors
that passing a law in the Knesset to retroactively legalize the
illegal outposts was "not a good solution." At this point, he may be
ready to change his mind.
After the High Court issued its most recent ruling on Migron, in
March, Netanyahu publicly promised to uphold it.
Yesterday he said nothing at all, even though the High Court is the
same High Court, the justices are the same justices, and the
settlers - who embarrassed him so at the Likud convention earlier
this week - are the same settlers. (© Copyright 2012 Ha´aretz
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