Rechelim Thanks Netanyahu for Gov´t Backing (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gabe Kahn 05/16/12)
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The residents of Rechelim sent a letter to Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu thanking him for his government´s legalization of the
status of their community.
"We, the residents of the community Rechelim, thank you very much for
your great assistance to this day, on which the Israeli government
recognized the community of Rechelim," they wrote.
"We are conscious of our responsibility in building the Land of
Israel in general, and building Rechelim in particular," they
continued. "We are pleased and grateful that the Israeli government
is behind us."
"It has given us strength and purpose," they added, before signing
Last month a ministerial team voted to formally legalize the status
of settlements Sansana, Rechelim and Bruchin – all built in the
1990´s at the behest of various governments.
Netanyahu had said before the vote, "I intend to legalize them
soon... they required approvals, the defense minister´s
recommendation, as may be necessary to normalize the status of the
settlements of Bruchin, Sansana and Rechelim".
In the case of Sansana, an IDF Civil Administration committee had
voted not to authorize the communities’ status despite Defense
Minister Ehud Barak´s approval.
In Israel´s democracy, as in most democracies, the military is
beholden to civilian authorities – in this case Barak – raising
difficult questions about the IDF Civil Administration´s motives in
ignoring his decision.
The ministerial team´s decision to extend formal recognition to the
three communities effectively overrode the Civil Administration´s
decision. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 05/16/12)
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