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MKs reject legislation meant to prevent Ulpana neighborhood´s
eviction with 69 to 22 vote; settlers enraged, vow ´fight is just
The settlement regulation bill failed to pass its Knesset vote on
Wednesday, as 69 MKs voted against it and only 22 voted in favor. A
similar bill by MK Yaakov Katz (National Union) was withdrawn but may
be presented to the House again to pressure the government on the
The legislation aimed to prevent the evacuation of Beit El´s Ulpana
neighborhood and retroactively legalize the settlement, as well as
other Jewish outposts built on privately owned Palestinian land in
the West Bank.
The settlers were enraged to learn of the vote´s result, promising
a "tsunami of protests."
"Netanyahu´s government has shown its true, disgraceful colors,"
Amona resident Yehuda Efrat, who heads the settlers´ protest tent,
told reporters. "The fight is just beginning."
After the vote, some 1,000 right-wing activists blocked the entrance
to the Knesset building, having walked there from the protest tent
they set up outside the Supreme Court. Officers and security guards
tried to prevent them from entering the Knesset and several clashes
were recorded. Five people were detained.
"Like a magician pulling a rabbit out of the hat, the prime minister
and members of the cabinet suddenly came out with the claim that
Israel will face international prosecution," the bill´s initiator MK
Zvulun Orlev (Habayit Hayehudi) said.
Representing the coalition´s stance, Minister Benny Begin said that
the bill would weaken the settlement enterprise instead of
He stressed that the government would continue to promote and expand
settlements, but noted that the bill would not hold water and would
only harm the settlement enterprise.
Many of the bill´s proponents withdrew their initial support and
voted against it, largely due to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu´s
dismissal threat. Members of Lieberman´s Yisrael Beiteinu faction
voted against the bill, in line with Netanyahu´s instructions, with
the exception of David Rotem, who voted in favor, and three MKs who
chose not to attend the vote.
Among those who did not attend the vote were Shas ministers Eli
Yishai and Ariel Atias, deputy ministers Yakov Litzman and Menachem
Eliezer Moses (United Torah Judaism), Minister Daniel Hershkowitz
(Habayit Hayehudi); Minister Yuli Edelstein (Likud); and deputy
ministers Gila Gamliel and Ayoob Kara (Likud).
Eight Likud MKs including Miri Regev, Danny Danon and Yariv Levin
endorsed the bill.
Dozens of settlers gathered at Highway 1´s entrance to Jerusalem and
set tires on fire in an attempt to block the city´s main gateway.
Police forces dispersed them.
Earlier on Wednesday, hundreds of teens blocked a Jerusalem road in
protest of the government´s intention to evacuate Ulpana. They
chanted "A Jew does not expel a Jew" and "Muhammad is dead" and
carried signs slamming Netanyahu and his cabinet.
Netanyahu had decided to adhere to a High Court ruling ordering the
evacuation of five homes and on Tuesday threatened to fire any
minister or deputy minister who votes in favor of the bill.
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. (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth
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