PM to Announce: Demolish Ulpana, Give Residents New Homes (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari, Canada 06/01/12)
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is expected to announce on Monday
that the five disputed homes in the Ulpana neighborhood in Beit El
will be demolished, in accordance with a recent Supreme Court ruling.
Netanyahu will also announced that he will compensate the residents
of the demolished homes with housing units within Beit El, either on
state land or in a military area.
A source in the Prime Minister´s Office confirmed the details on
Friday afternoon and noted that Netanyahu chose this route, instead
of pursuing the proposed law to legalize Jewish outposts and disputed
neighborhoods, because he believes the law will not pass the Supreme
Court and may cause damage to Judea and Samaria (Yehuda and Shomron).
The source added that Netanyahu is aware that taking the outpost
regulation law off the agenda may result in many petitions being
filed with the Supreme Court on behalf of many communities in the
A source in Judea and Samaria warned on Friday that if the outpost
regulation law does not pass in a Knesset vote on Wednesday, the
coming months and years will bring with them many dangers for further
settlement in Judea and Samaria.
“There are many communities that were built in part on private land,
which means the uprooting of thousands of Jews and the demolition of
many homes in Judea and Samaria,” the source told Arutz Sheva. “The
Ulpana neighborhood is just the first in line. It is the duty of the
ministers and Knesset members to pass the law despite Netanyahu´s
Netanyahu has already made it clear that he opposes the law and
postponed a previously scheduled vote on it by refusing to allow his
ministers to vote freely on the issue.
Friday’s report is in line with a similar report last week, which
said that Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak are working out a
solution for the Ulpana neighborhood, which would involve the
granting of permits for new construction in Beit El, after years in
which no such construction was allowed. The Ulpana neighborhood will
be torn down, however.
Earlier on Friday, Government Secretary Tzvi Hauser said that
caravans that were to be brought to Beit El will be transferred to
the Lachish region. The transfer of the caravans had led to fear that
the government was preparing to demolish homes in the Binyamin-area
town despite promises to find a way to save the homes.
Hauser’s announcement followed overnight meetings aimed at stopping
preparations for demolition. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 06/01/12)
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