Netanyahu: Any minister who backs settlement bill will be fired (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Attila Somfalvi Latest Update: 06.06.12, 00:23)
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PM issues threat ahead of Wednesday´s Knesset vote on legislation
aimed at preventing Ulpana evacuation; hundreds of settlers
demonstrate outside Supreme Court in Jerusalem: ´Land of Israel
belongs to Jews.´ Meanwhile, dozens of tires delivered to Beit El
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has decided to fire any minister or
deputy minister who votes in favor of the settlement regulation bill,
which is due to be brought before the Knesset plenum on Wednesday,
Ynet has learned.
If passed, the legislation would retroactively legalize the Ulpana
neighborhood in the Beit El settlement, as well as other Jewish
outposts built on privately owned Palestinian land in the West Bank.
According to the bill, any land owner in the West Bank who did not
challenge construction on the land he claimed to own within four
years would lose the legal right to do so.
Following Netanyahu´s announcement, Shas ministers said they will be
absent from the Knesset plenum during the vote on the settlement
regulation bill. Ministers belonging to Foreign Minister Avigdor
Lieberman´s Yisrael Beitenu party are also expected to skip the vote.
Shas members of Knesset said they will vote in favor of the bill.
The High Court of Justice ordered the state to evict five homes in
Ulpana, but the bill, which was tabled by rightist MK Zevulun Orlev
(Habayit Hayehudi), aims to circumvent the ruling and prevent the
Netanyahu opposes the bill and has presented an alternative plan, by
which the homes will be relocated several hundreds yards away,
effectively placing them within a military zone in Beit El.
"We are facing major (domestic) challenges, such as promoting
equality in the bearing of the national burden, passing the state
budget and dealing with the infiltrators. Only a unified and
responsible government can deal with these issues," the PM said
Meanwhile, some 400 people demonstrated Tuesday evening at a protest
tent set up by hunger-striking residents of Ulpana near the Supreme
Court in Jerusalem.
Heads of West Bank local councils were also present, as were Likud MK
Danny Danon and Kiryat Arba Rabbi Dov Lior, both of whom oppose the
planned evacuation of Ulpana.
"The Land of Israel belongs to the Jewish people… the Jewish people
want their leaders to tell the truth. Tomorrow, vote for true
democracy – I believe that (Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu) also
feels this way. Let G-d give him the strength to say what he really
thinks," Lior said during the demonstration.
MK Danon addressed the Likud ministers, saying "Remember what we
promised – that we would not be like Kadima or the Independence
Party. This is the moment of truth. The struggle is not only for
Ulpana. If we surrender, there will be thousands of other concessions
in the West Bank."
Yesha Council Chairman Danny Dayan also took part in the
demonstration: "Tomorrow the Netanyahu government must make the
Jewish-Zionist-moral decision on whether it chooses the path of the
liberation of Jerusalem in 1967 or the path of destruction," he said.
The residents of Ulpana are already preparing for their expected
evacuation. A few days ago a truck delivered dozens of tires to the
neighborhood. The tires may be used by those who oppose the eviction
if and when security forces arrive in the neighborhood.
The locals did not say who was responsible for the delivery.
The extent of the opposition on the day of the evacuation will
apparently be determined by local rabbis, but extremists may resort
to violence regardless of the community leaders´ directives.
Matan Fishman of Rishon Lezion, who attended the demonstration in
Jerusalem, said "it appears that Ulpana will be evacuated. If it
does, we´ll travel to the neighborhood and lie on the ground. We´ll
prove that we are not suckers." Itamar Fleishman contributed to the
report (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet 06/06/12)
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