Prosecutor´s Office: Don´t bypass court ruling on Ulpana (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Attila Somfalvi Latest Update: 05.11.12, 14:51)
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During meeting with senior cabinet members, including Mofaz, judicial
officials reiterate objection to legislation that would bypass High
Court deadline for Beit El neighborhood´s evacuation
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday convened a meeting into
the question of the evacuation of the Givat Ulpana in the settlement
of Beit El following a High Court ruling to evacuate the neighborhood
Netanyahu is under heavy pressure from rightist ministers and the
Likud to push forward legislation that would bypass the High Court,
thus preventing the Ulpana evacuation. Among the officials present at
the meeting are Defense Minister Ehud Barak and ministers Moshe
Ya´alon, Shaul Mofaz and Uzi Landau.
In addition, IDF and judicial officials are also taking part in the
meeting, led by Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein.
The sensitivity surrounding the issue of the Ulpana neighborhood
stems mainly from the fact that many families live in the buildings
which have been marked for evacuation. "I don´t like the idea of
passing a law, but in the situation that has been created there is no
choice," said a senior Likud minister before the meeting.
"We need to act in a manner that will provide a solution for
normative people who serve in the IDF and who have lived there for
many years. The state made a mistake when it presented its stance
before the High Court, it (the State) determined these peoples´
fate," he added. The legal establishment is opposed to the idea of a
Speaking to Ynet regional radio before the meeting, the spokesman for
the Ulpana neighborhood said: "You can bypass the High Court and you
can say that in its ruling the High Court bypassed the government,
but that isn´t necessarily the solution.
"Ultimately there is a nation here that needs to be led and
sovereignty must be enforced. The role of the prime minister is to
make sure that the nation can stand on its feet. If a person already
lives in a house built in good faith, the government, which was a
partner in its construction, can simply compensate the petitioner
with a different piece of land."
The High Court denied the State´s petition to review the case and
postpone the evacuation, imposing a July 1 deadline for its razing.
In his ruling, Chief Justice Asher Grunis admonished the State,
saying that "It is in the State´s proceedings vis-ŗ-vis the High
Court that its commitment to upholding the principles of law, is
Several Likud ministers are adamant that a solution must be found to
prevent the eviction of the neighborhood´s 30 families, while Kadima
insists that the High Court´s ruling on the matter be upheld in full.
Officials who took part in the meeting described the issue as
extremely complex and sensitive. They said representatives from the
State Prosecutor´s Office and the Attorney General´s Office
reiterated their objection to legislation that would bypass the High
Court´s ruling on Ulpana. Aviad Glickman, Roi Weinberg, Ynet regional
radio, contributed to the report (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet
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