Netanyahu seeks to uproot, transfer homes from West Bank outpost (HAŽARETZ NEWS) By Barak Ravid, Chaim Levinson and Jonathan Lis 06/02/12)
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Sources close to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu say that Netanyahu
is examining a dual solution to the Ulpana outpost issue that will
avoid the need for legislation on the matter.
Israel´s High Court has ruled that the neighborhood, which is in the
Beit El settlement, be demolished by July 1.
The first phase of the solution being considered would be the
uprooting of the five Ulpana homes in question and moving them
several hundred meters to land that is not privately owned by
Additionally, ten new homes would be constructed in Beit El for every
uprooted building, subject to approval by the attorney general.
Netanyahu said this weekend that he would prefer to avoid legislation
on the matter, as legislation would weaken the settlement movement,
rather than strengthen it.
Sources close to Netanyahu emphasized that engineering tests have
shown that it would be possible to uproot and transfer the five
homes. Yet professionals within the defense establishment who are
dealing with the Ulpana issue say that such an engineering project
would either not be feasible or would cost a huge amount of money,
and doubt it could be carried out in the short time before July 1.
According to the sources close to Netanyahu, the proposed solution
has not yet been approved by the attorney general and an
understanding has not yet been reached with Ulpana residents.
Therefore the solution is still being examined and a final decision
has not been made. If the solution is not approved by the attorney
general, legislation will be considered as a means for solving the
The plan has aroused opposition from both the right and left of the
political spectrum. MK Aryeh Eldad (National Union) said: "Netanyahu
moves Migron and moves the Ulpana neighborhood. All that remains for
Netanyahu to bring world peace is to move Jerusalem to New York."
Meretz chairwoman MK Zahava Gal-On said: "Netanyahu´s promise for
more construction in Beit El is a death blow to the political process
that will lead to the establishment of one state." (© Copyright 2012
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