Skip to comments.Ulpana Bill Falls, Nationalists in Coalition Cave In
Posted on 06/06/2012 4:07:16 AM PDT by Eleutheria5
Nationalists in the coalition caved in and abstained from the Knesset vote Wednesday afternoon that rejected a bill to legalize five homes in the Ulpana neighborhood in Beit El, forcing the expulsion of 30 families.
The vote as 22 for the bill and 69 against. Absent from the vote were all of the ministers and deputy ministers who vowed to test Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahus ultimatum to vote against the bill or be fired.
Among those who left the Knesset before the vote were Jewish Home leader Daniel Hershkowitz and Likud ministers Yuli Edelstein and Ayoub Kara.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu pressured nationalist Cabinet ministers not to vote against the Ulpana demolitions and won the day after it was clear he had a solid majority ... he made several concessions to nationalists.
(Excerpt) Read more at israelnationalnews.com ...
Help Me Out.
I just looked at the neighborhood via satellite.
All the street names around the address in question are in Hebrew, so Uplana is in a “Jewish” area.
The area of developed land looks like it is surrounded by desert.
OK...it is a little Northeast of Ramalla, so it is near Arabs, but in now way encroaching on anybody.
Is my observation correct?
Am Yisrael Chai!
“now way” should read “NO way”
From “Geert Wilders IFA Friends” page ...
Israeli Government to approve 551 new housing units in West Bank
GWIFA: We can see here that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is a fine Prime Minister and an excellent government leader for Israel. He knows that respecting the RULE OF LAW when the Israeli Supreme Court says that those houses must be torn down - is the right thing to do in a modern and democratic society in the Judeo-Christian West.
And, at the same time (with the respect for the Rule of Law) one can also have additional housing built for the needs of the Israeli people.
Quote from the article ...
Housing and Construction Minister Ariel Atias announced Wednesday evening that his ministry would approve the construction of 551 housing units in the West Bank.
They will comprise 117 units in Ariel, 92 in Ma’aleh Adumim, 114 in Adam, 114 in Efrat and 84 in Kiryat Arba. The new housing units will be built in addition to the three hundred that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has already promised to build in Beit El following the evacuation of the apartment buildings in the West Bank outpost Ulpana.
This decision was reached in a conversation Wednesday between Netanyahu and Atias.
“Increasing the supply of land helps young couples, and construction in the West Bank strengthens the settlements. Although 30 apartments will be evacuated, 850 will be built instead. Under the circumstances, this is the appropriate solution,” said Atias.
Earlier Wednesday, in a televised statement Netanyahu said that the government is in the midst of a very complex environment, and is upholding democracy and strengthening the overall settlement enterprise in its decision over the Ulpana outpost.
This is the Israeli “Supreme Court” decision on the matter ... hence the comment from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about the “RULE OF LAW” ...
High Court orders Ulpana homes demolished by July 1
The High Court of Justice on Monday ordered the state to demolish five apartment buildings housing 30 families in the West Bank Ulpana outpost by July 1.
The ruling by justices Salim Joubran, Uzi Vogelman and Supreme Court President Asher Dan Grunis rejected a request by the state to reopen the Ulpana case, so that the legal status of the land on which the homes were built could be reexamined.
It also turned down a request by the state to allow 60 days so that it could reassess its outpost policy.
Grunis said the court had examined the states claims, but had not found it proper to grant the request to reopen the proceedings.
Grunis said that THE PRINCIPLE OF THE COURT WAS THAT ONCE A JUDGMENT HAD BEEN MADE IN A CASE, THEN THERE COULD BE NO FURTHER DISCUSSION ON THE MATTER, AND THAT COURT HEARINGS WOULD END, AND NO PARTY COULD BE SUBJECT TO FURTHER PROCEEDINGS FOR THE SAME CAUSE.
The Supreme Court president also noted that COURT JUDGMENTS MUST BE EXECUTED WITHIN THE PERIOD PRESCRIBED BY THE COURT.
The MKs claims and those of their factions have already been presented clearly and exhaustively by the petitioners and we are convinced that their addition [to the petition] will add nothing to the debate, Grunis said.
The Ulpana homes were built without the proper permits on land classified by the state as belonging to private Palestinians.
In 2008, Yesh Din petitioned the High Court of Justice against the homes on behalf of Palestinian claimants to the land.
Settlers have claimed that the land was purchased from Palestinians by a yeshiva in Beit El and Amana, the construction arm of the settlement movement.
The outpost was built on the outskirts of the Beit El settlement with funding from the Construction and Housing Ministry and the homeowners received state grants and bank mortgages.
The High Court, however, has not recognized the legality of the sale. The land status is now under adjudication before a Jerusalem District Court in a civil proceeding.
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Israels Netanyahu seeks to relocate illegal West Bank outpost to avoid demolishing homes
Facing Ulpana bill defeat, Right slams Israeli Government
Ulpana Law is Judgment Day for Likud, Say Women in Green
Netanyahu: I will fire any minister who votes to legalize Ulpana homes
Danon: ‘I’m Ashamed of Ministers who Gave In’