MK Yaakov Katz temporarily withdrew his bill to legalize Beit El´s
Ulpana neighborhood – tells ministers they have forgotten their
National Union party chairman and Knesset Member Yaakov Katz
(Ketzaleh) told the Knesset Wednesday he is withdrawing his bill on
the Ulpana neighborhood, threatened with a court-ordered demolition.
The bill would require compensation for those adversely affected by a
legal determination that their homes, approved by previous
governments, were built on private Arab land.
He withdrew the bill moments before a scheduled first vote on the
proposed law, which would have circumvented the court order that was
issued after the justices accepted a left-wing petition claiming five
homes were built on private Arab land.
The neighborhood is located in Beit El, one of the leading national
religious communities in Samaria (Shomron).
Ketzaleh made his announcement during a stormy debate after he was
promised by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu that the government
would not oppose the bill if he introduces it two weeks from now, the
period in which the Prime Minister hopes to find a solution to the
problem posed by the court order.
The National Union chairman charged that left-wing Knesset Members
are acting against fellow Jews. “Netanyahu has conceded to Barak over
building in Judea and Samaria,” he said. “A Jew no longer cares about
his brother – he has a heart of stone.”
Likud Minister Benny Begin responded to MK Katz, “Prime Minister
Netanyahu is trying to find the correct solution within the
boundaries of legal restrictions.”