Ulpana evictees to be resettled in caravillas (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Itamar Fleishman Published: 05.31.12, 10:01)
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Civil Administration working on plan which will see Beit El land
allocated for Ulpana evacuees using military decree, in spite of PM´s
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may have given the order to freeze
preparations for the demolition of the Ulpana neighborhood in Beit
El, but the Civil Administration is not waiting around for the prime
minister to pull a last minute rabbit out of his hat.
Ynet has learned that the administration is working on a plan through
which Beit El land would be allocated for caravillas which would be
constructed for the use of the evictees.
Over the past few weeks the defense establishment has held
deliberations over possible temporary housing solutions that could be
offered to the Ulpana residents after the eviction.
At first, they raised the possibility of temporarily housing the
evacuees in hotels, yet new plans reveal the intention of settling
them in caravillas until a permanent solution is arranged.
The Civil Administration´s settlement sub committee is set to meet on
Thursday in order to approve the construction of 30 temporary housing
units for evacuees.
The committee is expected to approve the construction of the units
through order number 997 which states that construction plans in the
West Bank receive approval when it is on land captured for military
purposes. After the committee approves the plan it will be sent on to
receive the approval of Defense Minister Ehud Barak.
The Civil Administration said in response that they do not divulge
the contents of internal deliberations.
The Ulpana residents have stated that they will thwart any attempt to
erect the temporary units. "The residents of the Ulpana neighborhood
mention the prime minister´s statement on how the eviction is a
decree the public will not be able to withstand and so he (the prime
minister) will not be able to withstand it," they said.
´Settler leadership should pay´
The residents added that "the residents and their supporters
throughout the country will bodily prevent both the demolition and
the arrival of the heavy machinery intended for the construction of
the temporary buildings from entering Beit El."
Meanwhile, Peace Now has welcomed the decision: "The Ulpana
evacuation is necessary according to a High Court ruling," Peace Now
General Director Yariv Oppenheimer said. "The settlers can only
complain to their leaders who stood behind the illegal construction
and tried to force (them) to be accepted as a fact.
"The government must also demand that the evacuation costs and the
construction of the new structures be paid by the settlers´
leadership and save the heavy and un-proportional costs from falling
on the Israeli taxpayer."
At the beginning of the month the High Court denied the State´s
petition to review the case and postpone the evacuation, imposing a
July 1 deadline for its razing.
Prime Minister Netanyahu managed to convince right wing MKs to remove
deliberations on the Arrangements Law from the agenda; they agreed to
freeze promotion of the bill in order to give the government time to
settle the issue.
Netanyahu then instructed Defense Minister Ehud Barak to halt all
demolition preparations. Yet the defense establishment is apparently
ignoring this directive and has been continuing to prepare for the
July 1 deadline.
Beit El residents have expressed their anger over the fact that plans
for evacuation are continuing, ignoring the prime minister´s
The IDF Spokesman said in response: "The IDF is holding ongoing
discussions with the settlement leaders…mainly over the issues of
defense and security aspects. Naturally these meetings are private
and we will not address what was said (in the meetings)." (Copyright
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