web analytics
May 28, 2015 / 10 Sivan, 5775
At a Glance
News & Views
Sponsored Post


State Dept. Objects to Levy Committee’s Legalizing Outposts


A settler sits on a wooden wall after Security forces demolished structures at the Ramat Migron outpost.

A settler sits on a wooden wall after Security forces demolished structures at the Ramat Migron outpost.
Photo Credit: Kobi Gideon/Flash90

In a Monday State Deartment daily press briefing by Patrick Ventrell, director of the press office, the latter was asked by a reporter for his reaction to the Edmond Levy committee report which recommended legalizing most outposts which until now have been either in legal limbo, or on their way to being demolished. (The transcript was redacted for this report)

The reporter asked: “There’s an Israeli Government appointed committee which was asked to look into the legality of the settlements and has come forth with a ruling saying that they believe that essentially these settlements should be authorized, which is the Prime Minister’s position. The Israeli Government hasn’t accepted this ruling yet, but sort of stands ready to be accepted. Do you take any view on this creeping legalization of the settlement process? And is this useful at this point, ahead of Deputy Secretary Burns and the Secretary’s trip to Israel? Is this the kind of thing that you like to see happening?”

Ventrell: “The U.S. position on settlements is clear. Obviously, we’ve seen the reports that an Israeli Government appointed panel has recommended legalizing dozens of Israeli settlements in the West Bank, but we do not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlement activity and we oppose any effort to legalize settlement outposts.”

Question: “So you would urge the Government of Israel not to accept this panel’s recommendation?”

Ventrell: “My understanding is this is just a panel recommendation at this point.”

Question: “Is that going to be something that Deputy Burns brings up when he’s in Israel?”

Ventrell: “I’m not sure. I can’t read out his meetings in advance.”

Question: “Is it something that you can say that you’re sufficiently concerned about?”

Ventrell: “We’re concerned about it, obviously. The Deputy Secretary will be en route, and let’s see how his meetings go and see if we can report back to you when they’re over.”

About the Author:


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

4 Responses to “State Dept. Objects to Levy Committee’s Legalizing Outposts”

  1. This area is part of Israel so why not have settlements. Need more. BTW, this is Judea and Samaria, integral part of Israel from time immemorial.

  2. Sara Mandell says:

    As every word of the Torah of Moses is true, so is the promise of Eretz Yisrael to the Children of Yisrael as an Eternal Inheritance for all Jews here now & more to come. Are we not allowed to be fruitful & multiply, or is the world really all about selling expensive weapons of destruction while the Jews pray for peace a gazilion times a day?

  3. Bob Hathaway says:

    It is amazing how ignorant the U.S. administration is when it comes to historical and legal facts regarding Israel. By every standard, Israel has every right to build in any area they want to. Only politics keeps them from it. I keep hoping and praying for an Israeli government to tell the U.S. to mind their own business. If it hadn't been for the U.S. throughout the years, there would have been a resolution to the arab problems in Israel many years ago. C'mon Bibi, get some chutzpah.

  4. Charlie Hall says:

    "This area is part of Israel so why not have settlements."

    Actually the area is NOT part of Medinat Yisrael.

Comments are closed.

Current Top Story
Ben & Jerry's new flavor: Bernie Sanders
Ben & Jerry’s Launches New Flavor: Bernie Sanders
Latest News Stories
Ben & Jerry's new flavor: Bernie Sanders

The firm’s Jewish co-founders handed out $1,500 worth of ice cream at Sander’s presidential campaign event in Vermont on Wednesday.

Hareidi Rabbis of the Committee for Shabbat” will vote against funding for a new Sportek in Jerusalem because of fears of “wholesale desecration of Shabbat.” “For the sake of Zion and Jerusalem, we will not remain quiet,” the rabbis wrote in their statement. The Jerusalem City Council is to vote Thursday night on funding the […]

"Rolling Stoned", a smoke shop in Tel Aviv, sells smoking and vaporising paraphernalia for medical cannabis and tobacco.

Does the popularity of smoking grass mean that is good for the soul?

Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting Organization President Mohammad Sarafraz.

The US decides “no more extensions” as international nuclear talks with Iran come down to the wire.

Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky expresses his firm support for Efrat Chief Rabbi Shlomo Riskin.

With temperatures soaring, everyone is getting in the water…

Russia closed its deal Monday to deliver the powerful S-300 missile defense system to Iran… eventually.

Flash floods and more rain in Texas means a rising death toll and desperate people searching in kayaks.

Perhaps surprisingly, the Netanyahu government voted Wednesday to form a new ministerial committee on Arab affairs.

Shurat HaDin calls for expulsion of PA soccer chief Rajoub for inciting terror – hours before Swiss arrests of FIFA officials for various charges of corruption.

Rabbi Riskin believes the Rabbinate must be prepared to accept Halachic decisions that aren’t Ultra-Orthodox.

The case also called for banning the sale of French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo and the Liberation newspaper in Egypt over “blasphemy against Prophet Mohamed.”

Saed Erekat: Israel first must agree to all of our terms before we negotiate.

The temperature is expected to reach extreme levels today, drink water.

“In the chaos of the conflict… Hamas…granted its security forces free rein to carry out horrific abuse, amounting to war crimes.”

The Israeli Air Force responded to a rocket attack from Gaza by striking terrorist sites within the Strip.

More Articles from Jewish Press Staff Reporter
Drone Intercept Along Syrian Border 1

The IDF shot down a Syrian fighter jet that infiltrated Israeli air space, using a Patriot missile.

Temple Mount Contraband

Whether on or off the Temple Mount, the police just seem to love to arrest Rabbi Yehuda Glick.

The Israel Tax Authority has reached agreement with the U.S. to coordinate info between the IRS and Israeli banks.

Avraham Ben-Tzvi believes the Eitam hill, Efrat’s only remaining land reserve, must be developed urgently, or the town will lose it for good.

“They have two choices, to live in dignity or die with honor.”

Late last night The Jewish Press attended a phone briefing with IDF Spokesperson Lt. Col. Avital Leibovich. This is a transcript of the conference, with some of the figures updated.

A clip from NBC showing Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman’s parents’ reaction to her uneven bar routine has garnered close to 100,000 hits on You Tube.

The State Dept. press director Patrick Ventrell said, “We’ve seen the reports … but we do not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlement activity.”

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/state-dept-objects-to-levy-committees-legalizing-outposts/2012/07/10/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: