Skip to comments.Outpost Bill Making a Comeback
Posted on 01/03/2012 3:05:07 PM PST by Eleutheria5
Reports of the death of Minister of Welfare and Social Services Zevulun Orlev's bill to normalize communities in Judea and Samaria may have been exaggerated.
Betzalel Smotrich of the Regavim movement told Arutz Sheva, "On the contrary, the bill is gaining momentum. We have a majority of ministers and MKs who support Orlev's bill to normalize the outposts."
"We are convinced that, in a week and half, we will prevail in the Ministerial Committee for Legislation and move to legislative proceedings in the plenum," he added.
Orlev's bill would forbid eviction and demolition orders for Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria that have stood for four years and have at least twenty families.
It also stipulates that all petitions disputing land claims must be proven through accepted evidentiary means in a court competent to hear the case. Should such a claim be found valid the court would be directed to order monetary compensation or alternative grant of land for the plaintiff.
Smotrich also dismissed rumors there was a deal in the works to relocate Migron, as was done with Ramat Gilad. There is no discussion of relocating Migron. We only accept full legalization."
"Unfortunately, Benny Begin is wrong and misleading the Prime Minister when he says a deal to move Migron is possible," Smotrich added. "The residents of Migron do not agree and there is no way in the world they will agree to the destruction of their homes."
Last Sunday the Ministerial Committee for Legislation, whose support for new laws is critical, tabled the law on orders from Prime Minsiter Binyamin Netanyahu.
"What happened last Sunday was not the end," Smotrich explained. "We redirected all our energies into the bill to normalize the outposts and to establish Israeli municipalities for future generations."
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If they're going to legalize the outposts, and I do think it's OK for Jews to live in the mideast, then the issue of their illegality disappears. However they should legalize them, else lose the credibility of taking down illegal Arab construction. Which Israel won't do anyway, but it clarifies the arguement.