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Deputy Speaker Danon: We’ll Stop Barak’s Creeping Erosion of Judea and Samaria

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

Likud MK and Knesset Deputy Speaker  Danny Danon said that if Defense Minister Ehud Barak is not stopped now, there are nine thousand housing units in Judea and Samaria which are being challenged like Ulpana Hill and the Jewish purchased residences in Hebron.

“We must stop this erosion and say, enough, we won’t let Barak carry out a creeping erosion of the settlements of Judea and Samaria,” Danon told JewishPress.com Sunday night, at the end of a crowded assembly outside the homes of Ulpana Hill in Bet El, under the banner “The Likud Is With the Settlement Movement” (Ha’Likud im ha’hityashvut).

MK Danon was one of a dozen or so Likud MKs and other dignitaries who arrived Sunday evening to show their support for continued and even expanded Jewish settlement in Judea and Samaria.

Danon promised before Passover to pass legislation to correct the Migron issue, whereby the Israeli High Court had annulled a deal signed between the government and the settlers to prevent a forcible evacuation, and instead provide them with alternative housing on a nearby hill.

“Last week the Knesset convened during its recess, to discuss these very issues,” Danon told JewishPress.com. “Migron was the beginning. It continued with Machpelah House, and now Bet El.”

“There are a few legislative options,” Danon continued. “I have endorsed the Settlement Regulation Act. It’s a good, appropriate, Zionist option. There are other ideas as well.”

The Settlement Regulation legislation determines that after some time has passed and a previously unknown Palestinian claimant comes up with documentation of ownership of an existing settlement, the alleging owner will receive monetary compensation or alternative land, if they can prove their ownership.

Some speakers at the Likud solidarity meeting outside the Ulpana Hill homes have suggested that today all a Palestinian person has to do is go to the Palestinian Authority and receive a piece of paper saying a certain plot of land belongs to him. We asked Danon how the court would go about verifying such claims, which are becoming rampant with the encouragement of leftist, pro-Palestinian Israeli organizations, many of which are directly or indirectly funded by the European Union.

“The mother of all evils is the fact that we have not enforced Israel’s authority over Judea and Samaria,” said Danon. “Today the process is that they don’t go to a court, but instead they begin with filing an appeal with the Supreme Court. And there the entire process of proving ownership is more problematic (as the high court may accept evidence which would never be acceptable to a civil court — YY). If the same claim were filed with a normal court, this would not have been the outcome.”

Finance Minister: Evacuating Beit El Is Morally Reprehensible

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012

Israel’s Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz Sunday morning objected during the weekly cabinet meeting to the court-ordained plan to evacuate and demolish the Ulpana Hill neighborhood in Beit El.

Saying there are certain things which simply cannot be done morally, Steinitz added: “It is prohibited to evacuate Ulpana Hill on logical, Zionistic and moral grounds.”

He further noted that “even within the Green Line will not be evacuating an entire settlement or an entire neighborhood. I have suggested the principle of ‘seven square,’ meaning that any community with seven households or more, and has been on the ground for seven years or more will not be evacuated, even if someone proves ownership. Instead defendants would pay punitive damages. We would not have destroyed a neighborhood in Tel Aviv and Kfar Sava, even if after 20 years someone proves that he has title to the land.”

Defense Minister Ehud Barak sharply criticized the Likud ministers who have been calling to prevent the evacuation of the Ulpana Hill neighborhood.

“There’s no no point in this rant,” Barak said at the start of the cabinet meeting, “much of this fervor is not based on a pragmatic discussion of the Ulpana neighborhood but comes out of other considerations which I do not wish to describe. The Defense and Civil Administrations are seeking, along with the Attorney General, to try and exhaust all our options.”

Cornered by Pressure from Likud Ministers on Ulpana Hill Eviction, Barak Uses Mockery

Saturday, April 21st, 2012

Deputy Prime Minister Moshe (Bogie) Ya’alon and Transportation Minister Israel Katz on Saturday sharply criticized Defense Minister Ehud Barak for his handling of Judea and Samaria settlements, both stressing their objection to the evacuation of the Ulpana Hill neighborhood, which is slated to be demolished in a month.

The Defense Ministry responded with a mocking statement, saying that “Katz and Ya’alon must have contracted a severe case of ‘Feiglinism’ (a reference to Moshe Feiglin who has been threatening for more than a decade to take the helm at the Likud party from Primi Minister Netanyahu, and to bolster the representation of religious members and settlers). This isn’t good for the state, for its security, its future and the good of the public in general.”

Sources close to Barak joked with Walla News: “We hope that, for the sake of the public and its elected representatives in the Knesset, it will turn out that this ‘Feiglinism’ isn’t contagious.”

Speaking at a cultural event in B’er Sheva, Ya’alon said that if the Attorney General and the Ministry of Defense persist in their plan to evacuate the Ulpana Hill in Beit El, this would lead to the collapse of the Netanyahu government.

“We’ve agreed at the beginning of the term of this government that we would complete the certification of the design and construction processes. Suddenly, we witness only the joy of destruction and no arrangement,” Ya’alon said.

“We are forced to deal with a problem like the Ulpana Hill, where normal people have taken out mortgages, while at the Ministry of Defense and the AG are rushing to destroy the place. We have declared that we would not remove this neighborhood,” he added.

Meanwhile, Transportation Minister Katz, who was visiting the Ulpana Hill neighborhood in Beit El, said that he had come to make his position clear, that the neighborhood homes should not be destroyed. He criticized the Defense Minister: “He took the Ministry of Defense and turned it into a political tool at the expense of residents. There are other ways to gather votes.”

Katz added that “it is necessary to update the government’s position regarding the Ulpana Hill neighborhood. There is no doubt that in its initial response to the High Court, the State did not take into account all the consequences.”

In recent weeks, following the High Court’s order to evacuate the Ulpana Hill in Beit El by May 1, Likud ministers have been applying great pressure on the Prime Minister to prevent the eviction, and last week Netanyahu has held several meetings on the future of the neighborhood, where dozens of families live in multi-story apartment buildings, constructed with funding from the Ministry of Housing.

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