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43 Year Old Ofra? Min. Vilnai Says It Does Not Have Approval
Arutz Sheva ^ | 14/7/11 | Elad Benari and Rachel Sylvetsky

Posted on 07/14/2011 1:09:46 AM PDT by Eleutheria5

Home Front Defense Minister Matan Vilnai (Independence) addressed in a letter on Wednesday MK Yaakov “Ketzaleh” Katz’s (National Union) demand to determine the legal status of 13 Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria, with an emphasis on finally providing zoning plans for these commuinities.

In the letter, Vilnai addressed the situation in the community of Ofra, saying, “A significant part of the community of Ofra is built on private Palestinian land” and adding that as a result “the community does not have an approved jurisdiction.”

Vilnai further explained that despite the opinions that were presented to him on the issue, he believes that it would be impossible to further promote construction in the community. Vilnai's father was Prof. Zev Vilnay, lover of the land of Israel, a pioneer in the sphere of Israeli geography and Land of Israel studies.

Ofra, located on Highway 60 in northern Samaria and approximately 25 kilometers (15.5 miles) north of Jerusalem, has come under fire by extreme leftist organizations and Arabs, who filed a petition with the Supreme Court, claiming that land on which new Jewish houses are built is Arab property. In essence, the petition said the entire town is essentially an “illegal outpost.”

Defense Minister Ehud Barak subsequently decided to tell the Supreme Court that he would stop all building in Ofra, but recognize all houses and remove all legal questions while not destroying any houses in dispute. The reason for Barak’s decision was reportedly to prevent a confrontation with Ofra, which has grown to a large town of over six hundred families and is considered one of the flagship Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria.

Ofra, twenty minutes north of Jerusalem, is the first community founded in Judea and Samaria after the 1967 Six Day War with full government approval...


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TOPICS: Extended News; Israel; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: arab; ofra; outpost; private
Find the individual, private Arab owners, give them fair compensation based on the market value of their property as of 43 years ago, and throw in an extra bonus if they decide to emigrate. Of course, there is frequently this problem with "private Arab land":

1 posted on 07/14/2011 1:09:55 AM PDT by Eleutheria5
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2 posted on 07/14/2011 5:22:36 AM PDT by SJackson (Normal people don't sit cross-legged on the floor and bang on drums, WI State Sen Glenn Grothman (R))
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To: Eleutheria5

Probably living in nice houses in the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem that they stole a decade before.

3 posted on 07/14/2011 8:07:30 AM PDT by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: Eleutheria5

Selling your land to the joooz can be dangerous. I recall the nineties, when Palestinians who got caught doing this were routinely dragged through the streets, shot, then had their livers eaten.

If I dangle the brass key to my old closet and march through the streets of the Old Quarter, weeping and wailing and smiting my breast, do you think I could get a cut of the action?

4 posted on 07/14/2011 12:47:22 PM PDT by sinanju
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To: Jewbacca

Golly! I always loved her music but I can’t believe they named a town after her.

5 posted on 07/14/2011 12:48:38 PM PDT by sinanju
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To: sinanju

What action? Eating chopped liver?

6 posted on 07/14/2011 1:33:34 PM PDT by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today)
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To: Eleutheria5

No silly, the anticipated compensation.

Who’s to say my granny didn’t have a house there?

7 posted on 07/14/2011 1:37:43 PM PDT by sinanju
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To: sinanju

Oh. Now I get it. But don’t you have burden of proving that? Or do you just have to put on a kefiya and sound outraged on cue? If so, I’ll brush up on my Arabic ‘til I can fool some western journalists and then put my hand out, too.

8 posted on 07/14/2011 1:44:19 PM PDT by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today)
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