Givat Assaf Demolition: State Asks Court for More Time (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gil Ronen 06/22/12)
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The State Attorney´s Office (SAO) asked the High Court Friday to give
it a seven months´ extension to formulate a reply to a motion by
Peace Now demanding the demolition of the Givat Assaf neighborhood
near Beit El.
The SAO noted that a Ministerial Committee for Settlement in Judea
and Samaria was established recently. It explained that the committee
was created in order to reformulate the government´s position on
unregulated construction in the region.
"Recently, substantive new data about Givat Assaf, which is germane
to the matter, has been received, and it requires examination and
clarification," the SAO stated. "If other conditions are met, these
things could lead to a peaceful resolution of the Givat Assaf
"The political tier wishes to deal with this matter and to discuss
the subject of Givat Assaf in one of the upcoming sessions of the
Ministerial Committee. Under these circumstances, the respondents ask
for a postponement until February 1, 2013, in order to update the
honorable court regarding developments."
Government policy, formulated by the Civil Administration of \Judea
and Samaria under the Likud, as stated in the hearings on the Ulpana
houses on which a compromise was reached this week, had been that
houses on state land would be authorized, but that houses on private
or unclaimed land would not.
This did not take into account land purchased from private Arab
owners and was the main cause for the state´s agreeing with last
year´s ruling to destroy the Ulpana houses - until the date
approached and the state´s lawyers realized that this was an
established neighborhood with a contested purchase (a claim that the
seller was fraudulent).
This led to a demand to redefine government policy and .to establish
a committee, rather than leave crucial issues on Judea and Samaria
construction in the hands of the [possibly politically motivated]
Defense Minister and the government´s legal department. In the
agreement reached on the Ulpana houses, this demand was met.
(IsraelNationalNews © 2012 06/22/12)
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