Government Spins ‘Sound of Silence’ on Ulpana (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu 06/17/12)
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The office of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu claims discussions
with Givat Ulpana residents on a court-ordered expulsion are at
a “standstill,” but they told Arutz Sheva no such discussions are
A court ruling has ordered the expulsion of 33 families from their
homes in the Ulpana neighborhood of Beit El by the end of the month,
following the justices accepting a Peace Now petition that the
purchase of the land for the homes from a Palestinian Authority Arab
was not legal.
The government wants a “quiet” expulsion without violence.
The Yisrael HaYom newspaper reported Sunday that talks with the
residents are at a dead-end, but residents told Arutz Sheva that the
office of the Prime Minister has not called them with answers
concerning compensation and Prime Minister Netanyahu’s promise to
build 300 more residential units in Beit El as well as 551 homes
“Discussions are continuing, but there is no advancement or agreement
with the residents,” according to the government.
The 33 families have been promised that their homes will be removed
as is and reestablished in another part of Beit El.
The government also has announced the formation of a new ministerial
committee to take over responsibility on housing policies in Judea
and Samaria. The Cabinet is to meet on Sunday to approve the make-up
of the committee, which is scheduled to include a wide if not
unwieldy political spectrum.
The Prime Minister will head the committee, which is to include
Defense Minister Ehud Barak, who until now has been the lone
authority to authorize and reject homes for Jews in Judea and Samaria.
Other members are to be Kadima leader Shaul Mofaz, who has generally
sided with Barak on Judea and Samaria, and nationalists Gideon Saar.
Yuli Edelstein, Gilad Erdan, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and
Interior Minister Eli Yishai (Shas). Another nominee on the committee
is Benny Begin of the Likud, who has been a disappointment to
nationalists by taking a compromising position on the development of
Judea and Samaria. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 06/17/12)
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