Israeli government officials, rightists holding negotiations on relocation of Ulpana homes (HAŽARETZ NEWS) By Oz Rosenberg and Jonathan Lis 06/08/12)
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Talks are underway between a group of right-wing activists and
representatives of the attorney general´s office and the Prime
Minister´s Office, in an effort to reach an agreement over the
apartment buildings in Beit El´s Ulpana neighborhood, Haaretz has
Among the representatives at the talks are Yesha Council of
settlements head Dani Dayan and MK Yaakov Katz (National Union ).
Beit El´s rabbi, Zalman Melamed, is receiving reports on the talks.
Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein and cabinet secretary Zvi Hauser
are representing the government in the talks.
"The hope is that the residents will be able to return, after an
agreement is made with the owner of the land, of course," an
individual involved in the talks told Haaretz.
Since the Knesset rejected the bill legalizing the houses on Ulpana
Hill on Wednesday, numerous tents have been put up in the outpost by
people who want to be on hand for the evacuation. Signs have gone up
in the neighborhood with various slogans. One called on people
to "delay the injustice as much as possible."
Netanyahu´s decision to compensate the settlers for evacuation of the
Ulpana neigborhood by constructing 851 apartments east of the Green
Line was harshly criticized by the United States and the Palestinian
Netanyahu and Housing and Construction Minister Ariel Atias decided
that 300 apartments would be built in Beit El, and another 551 units
will be constructed in other settlements.
Members of Kadima had stated repeatedly before the vote that it was
only because Kadima had joined the coalition that the bill would not
However, with publication of the conditions of the "sweetening of the
pot" presented by Netanyahu, one Knesset member said, "Kadima in fact
gave the seal of approval to the renewal of significant construction
in the settlements."
Kadima MK Yoel Hasson, who had until recently been identified with
the camp of former party chairwoman Tzipi Livni, said on
Thursday, "Israel will pay dearly in the international arena for
Netanyahu´s decision to placate the extreme right." Meretz chairwoman
Zahava Gal-On said Netanyahu "gets a zero for leadership when he
tries to set a price for upholding a court ruling." (© Copyright 2012
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