Lieberman to push new unity government to bypass High Court, legalize West Bank outpost (HAŽARETZ NEWS) By Ophir Bar-Zohar 05/10/12)
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Foreign Minister and Yisrael Beiteinu Chairman Avigdor Lieberman said
on Wednesday that the main issues facing Israel´s new governing
coalition are the Tal Law and the West Bank neighborhood Ulpana.
"These are the two most important tests and I hope that we will learn
to get through them in the best way," Lieberman said before a Yisrael
Beiteinu meeting at the Knesset.
The Tal Law exempted ultra-Orthodox yeshiva students from mandatory
military service and was declared unconstitutional by the High Court
in February. It will expire in August, compelling the government to
deal with the explosive issue.
Ulpana is a neighborhood in the West Bank settlement Beit El. On
Monday, the High Court gave the government 60 days to demolish houses
in the neighborhood that were illegally-built on private Palestinian
Lieberman said that Ulpana is "not an illegal outpost. The state made
a mistake. [Ulpana residents] did not make a mistake, they were sent
there. The state made a mistake and it should take responsibility. I
see no other way than legislation that will solve the issue."
Also on Wednesday, Labor Party Chairwoman Shelly Yachimovich told her
party that she is honored to be becoming the head of the opposition
in the Knesset.
"This is an incredibly important role and the first goal of the
opposition is to create an alternative government," Yachmovich
said. "The so-called opposition of the last three years was a
complete farce. Therefore, our responsibility is very great."
A Haaretz-Dialog poll published on Wednesday found that most Israelis
believe the Likud-Kadima unity deal reached between Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu and Shaul Mofaz earlier this week was driven by
personal and political considerations rather than the national good,
and few believe the new 94-MK coalition will carry out the promises
its leaders made Tuesday. (© Copyright 2012 Ha´aretz 05/10/12)
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