State Attorney: No Way to Build 300 Homes in Beit El (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gil Ronen 06/12/12)
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The Deputy Legal Advisor to Government says that Prime Minister
Binyamin Netanyahu´s promise to build 300 new homes in Beit El is
unfeasible, according to a report in Maariv Tuesday morning.
Netanyahu made the promise as part of a move to compensate for the
planned destruction of 30 homes that make up the Givat HaUlpana
neighborhood. That demolition order, too, was brought about by the
State Attorney´s Office, which did not contest a motion by ultra-
leftist Peace Now demanding that the neighborhood be razed.
The Deputy Legal Advisor to Government, Mike Balas, and other unnamed
attorneys from the State Attorney´s Office, have held discussions
regarding Netanyahu´s plan and concluded that it is legally unsound.
The reason for this, the report says, is that most of Beit El was
built on land that was seized by Israel through a method that the
High Court has since found to be problematic.
While Givat HaUlpana was built on private Arab land, purchased in a
deal of contested legality – most of Beit El was built on land that
was initially used by the IDF and then transferred by government
decision to World Zionist Histadrut.
Beit El was founded in 1977. The practice in which land taken by the
IDF is converted for use by a civilian community was stopped in the
late 70s, after a High Court decision opposing it.
The Attorney´s Office now says that building 300 units on land that
was seized in the method ruled out by the High Court is not proper.
The Prime Minister´s Office told the newspaper, "The Prime Minister´s
promise to build 300 housing units in Beit El still stands."
(IsraelNationalNews © 2012 06/12/12)
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