Knesset to Vote on Legalizing Outposts Next Week (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gil Ronen 05/10/12)
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The Knesset may vote next Wednesday on a bill for legalizing disputed
outposts in Judea and Samaria. MK Zevulun Orlev (Jewish Home) said
Thursday that he has decided to place the bill up for a vote next
week, in order to forestall the planned demolition of the Givat
HaUlpana neighborhood in Beit El, and to save other outposts that are
on the chopping block.
Orlev said his decision was motivated by reports that the prime
minister is giving "positive consideration" to the idea of allowing
his ministers to vote freely on the matter, and that many ministers
have said they would support the law.
Orlev noted that the Coalition Management has, in the past, decided
to grant coalition members freedom to vote according to their
conscience on the bill. "Based on the count of ministers and MKs who
support this law, there is a solid majority for passing it in the
Knesset next Wednesday," Orlev said.
Attempts to avoid the demolition of Jewish communties through
legislation highlight the competition between the Knesset and the
Supreme Court over who is sovereign to make final decisions in
contested issues. Israel´s courts have adopted an activist stance
since the days of Supreme Court President Aharon Barak, arousing the
ire of a large part of the Knesset, which sees the court´s behavior
as political and undemocratic.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will convene a committee Friday to
find a solution for Givat Haulpana, after the High Court rejected a
government petition asking for an additional 90 days in which to
explore the matter.
The threatened homes were built on land purchased by Beit El several
years ago. However, the seller turned out not to be the real owner
and the latter filed suit to get his land back. The court ruled in
his favor and the government agreed, without argument, to destroy the
houses. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 05/10/12)
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