Photo Credit: Gershon Elinson / Flash 90
A settler tending to his vineyard in the Judean settlement of Bat Ayin. European anti-settlement activists are pushing to curtail the sale of products from Judea and Samaria.

A bill to apply Israeli law to citizens living in Judea and Samaria was approved by the Ministerial Committee on Legislation today (Sunday, Nov. 9).

But Yesh Atid party chairman Yair Lapid and Hatnua party chairwoman Tzipi Livni – both members of the government cabinet – are opposing its final approval.

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The two ministers immediately appealed the vote that approved the legislation, 6 to 4, with two abstentions.

At present, Jews living in Judea and Samaria live under regulations administered by the Israeli military civil administration.

The new law was proposed and sponsored by a host of lawmakers from the Likud, Bayit Yehudi, Yisrael Beytenu and United Torah Judaism factions.

According to Land of Israel Caucus heads Yariv Levin (Likud) and Orit Strook (Bayit Yehudi) the bill does not violate international law nor change the status of the land in Judea and Samaria.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.

13 COMMENTS

  1. If there is anyone who really wants peace then he can see maps from the British mandate times (1922-1947) where there was the concept of ‘Two States living side by side in Peace’.
    [please see: http://www.justicenow4israel.com/mandatemap.html

    This project had the concept that the Jordan River was the border between the two countries with the territory divided proportionally into 23% for Jews and 77% for Muslims.

    But these days they all think that from the 23% Jewish territory they must give a HALF and then there will be ‘Peace’.
    Who can believe this doubtful propaganda?

  2. Are Judea and Samaria NOT part of the country of Israel? All people living in Israel, including Judea, Samaria and Gaza should be subject to the laws of Israel. Those who don't want that may leave…or should be removed.

  3. "Testing the water" often leads to disaster when the "testing" is done on humans. Here, suspicion of yisra'el beytenu's expressed motives, as opposed to its historical record of consuming landlust coupled with the enormous cost Israelis will pay in what is at best a distraction, in the event, decreases any amount of trust remaining.

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