Elkin: If No Solution Found – We’ll Legislate One (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gabe Kahn 05/23/12)
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Coalition chairman Ze´ev Elkin (Likud) on Wednesday sent a letter to
Beit El mayor Moshe Rosenbaum saying Prime Minister Binyamin
Netanyahu will allow a vote on the "regulatory law" proposed by MK
Yaakov Katz if an administrative solution is not found.
Elkin wrote, "The coalition leadership today met and decided, in
light of the agreements with the prime minister, to enforce party
discipline and reject ministers voting their own conscience on the
regulatory law for two weeks.
"According to the agreement, the coalition is allowing two weeks for
the Prime Minister to find a solution for the Givat Ulpana
neighborhood without the need for legislation. If no such solution is
found within a fortnight, coalition members will be granted the
freedom to vote according to their conscience when the bill is
reintroduced in two weeks time.
“If a solution is not found within two weeks, the Prime Minister does
not reject a legislative solution.
"Meanwhile, the government today "froze" all the preparations for the
destruction of the neighborhood.
"This prevents the government from being ´hijacked,´ and stops the
destruction of the neighborhood, so that should the matter be brought
to a vote, the legislative process can run its course," Elkin
Meanwhile, National Union chairman MK Yaakov Katz withdrew his bill
to legalize the Ulpana neighborhood – threatened with a court-ordered
demolition – at the request of Beit El sage Rabbi Zalman Melamed.
Katz agreed to withdraw the bill after a stormy debate in which Prime
Minister Binyamin Netanyahu promised him the government would not
oppose the bill if he introduces it two weeks from now – allowing the
government to find a solution to the problem posed by the court order.
Katz´s 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).
During the debate, Katz furiously attacked the Prime Minister and
senior officials saying “Jews who forget their brothers have hearts
“We will not stand witness to thousands of homes being destroyed,”
Katz said. “Enough is enough!”
Minister Without Portfolio Binyamin Begin responded that the Knesset
should "not be swayed by Katz’s emotional storm. Katz´s words are
felt by many. The Prime Minister, his ministers, and senior officials
are trying to find a suitable solution to the Supreme Court order –
so that whatever the government does do will not [again] be
challenged in court." (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 05/23/12)
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