Outpost bills likely to be delayed (JERUSALEM POST) By TOVAH LAZAROFF 05/15/12)
JERUSALEM POST Articles-Index-Top
A preliminary reading of parliamentary bills to legalize West Bank
outposts could be delayed unless Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu
allows ministers and deputy ministers to vote their conscience.
MKs Zevulun Orlev (Habayit Hayehudi) and Ya’acov Katz (National
Union) stated their intention to present private member outpost bills
to the Knesset plenum this Wednesday.
They believe they have enough votes to pass the bills if Netanyahu
does not impose coalition discipline, and instead allows all
politicians, including ministers, freedom to vote as they want. The
legislation must go through a preliminary reading and three other
votes before it becomes law.
Netanyahu has yet to publicly issue instructions to the coalition for
At the Likud faction meeting the prime minister said that the issue
was complex and that he preferred other options outside of
In the past he has rejected similar attempts to legislate the matter.
According to one source at the meeting, he said that all ideas on
that score were welcome. A ministerial forum met on Friday to seek
options for the outposts and is likely to meet again in the coming
Time is of the essence in this matter, because the High Court of
Justice has ordered the state to demolish 30 homes in the Ulpana
outpost by July 1 and to evacuate the entire Migron outpost of 50
families by August 1.
According to the court, the homes in both outposts were built without
the proper permits on private Palestinian property.
Right-wing politicians believe that legislation is one of the few
legal avenues which can avert the destruction of the outpost homes.
The scope of the bills, however, goes beyond Migron and the 30 Ulpana
homes. It speaks of authorizing dozens of West Bank outposts, a move
which in many cases would transform them into new settlements.
The international community is likely to believe that such
authorization would break Israel’s pledge not to create new
settlements. Israel thinks that the pledge does not cover already
existing communities that lack the proper authorization. However the
government has not yet authorized the outposts.
It is for this reason that legislators have turned to the Knesset.
The bills would authorize even those outposts built on private
Palestinian property and would provide the landowners with
At the Likud faction meeting MK Ayoub Kara said that such a move
would be difficult, because no Palestinian could willingly accept
compensation as an alternative without risking death.
The Palestinian Authority imposes a death sentence on any Palestinian
who sells West Bank land to Jews; a move which has complicated
authentication of land ownership in the West Bank. (© 1995-2011, The
Jerusalem Post 05/15/12)
Return to Top
MATERIAL REPRODUCED FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY