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Knesset May Vote to Legalize Outposts Monday
Arutz Sheva ^ | 10/5/12 | Gil Ronen

Posted on 05/10/2012 12:14:53 PM PDT by Eleutheria5

National Union Chairman MK Yaakov Katz announced Thursday that he intends to bring the Outposts Law that he co-authored to a vote in the Knesset plenum Monday.

The move will be coordinated with Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin.

The law was sponsored by Katz along with MKs Yariv Levin and Ze'ev Elkin (Likud) and David Rotem (Yisrael Beitenu).

Earlier Thursday, MK Zevulun Orlev (Jewish Home) said that he has decided to place his own version of the bill up for a vote next week, in order to forestall the planned demolition of the Givat HaUlpana neighborhood in Beit El, and to save other outposts that are on the chopping block.

Orlev said his decision was motivated by reports that the prime minister is giving "positive consideration" to the idea of allowing his ministers to vote freely on the matter, and that many ministers have said they would support the law.

Orlev noted that the Coalition Management has, in the past, decided to grant coalition members freedom to vote according to their conscience on the bill. "Based on the count of ministers and MKs who support this law, there is a solid majority for passing it in the Knesset next Wednesday," Orlev said.

Attempts to avoid the demolition of Jewish communties through legislation highlight the competition between the Knesset and the Supreme Court over who is sovereign to make final decisions in contested issues. Israel's courts have adopted an activist stance since the days of Supreme Court President Aharon Barak, arousing the ire of a large part of the Knesset, which sees the court's behavior as political and undemocratic.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will convene a committee Friday to find a solution for Givat Haulpana, after the High Court rejected a government petition asking for an additional 90 days...


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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; Israel; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: ihudleumi; israel; knesset; outposts; yisraelbeteinu
OK. It looks like Ihud Leumi and Yisrael Beteinu might not be irrelevant after the formation of the unity government.
1 posted on 05/10/2012 12:14:56 PM PDT by Eleutheria5
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