Israel Political Brief June 8, 2012: Ulpana Supporters Prepare for Struggle after the Regulation Bill Failed to Pass Knesset

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Ulpana Supporters Prepare for Struggle

Residents of the Ulpana neighborhood and their supporters sat down after the Regulation Bill failed, spoke about next stage of struggle.
Ulpana neighborhood

Ulpana neighborhood
Israel news photo: Flash 90

Dozens of activists and regional leaders sat down with residents of the Ulpana neighborhood after the Regulation Bill was voted down to discuss the next stage of the struggle. Yesha (Judea and Samaria) Council head Danny Dayan spoke to Arutz Sheva about the meeting.

“We’re very determined, I believe that we will ultimately be the winners here,” Dayan said. The residents have not yet decided exactly what form the struggle will take, he added, “or what kind of physical confrontation, if there will be one.”

Residents, regional officials, and rabbis sat and talked from Wednesday night until early Thursday morning.

The meeting took place in the home of Didi Dickstein and his wife. Dickstein lost his parents and a sibling in a terrorist attack in 2002; he and his wife and two children now live in Beit El, where he chairs the official Ulpana neighborhood Neighborhood Committee….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief June 6, 2012: Knesset Votes Down Ulpana Bill to Legalize Five Ulpana homes in Beit El Retroactively

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Knesset votes down bill to legalize outposts retroactively

Source: JTA, 6-6-12

A bill to legalize West Bank outposts retroactively was voted down by the Knesset….READ MORE »

Ulpana Bill Falls, Nationalists in Coalition Cave In

Nationalists in the coalition caved in and abstained from the Knesset vote rejecting legalizing five “Ulpana” homes in Beit El.
Ulpana neighborhood protest ent

Ulpana neighborhood protest ent
Avi Shimshi

Nationalists in the coalition caved in and abstained from the Knesset vote Wednesday afternoon that rejected a bill aimed at circumventing a court order to destroy five residential units in the Ulpana neighborhood in Beit El and expel their 30 families.

The vote was 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 Netanyahu’s 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 minister Yuli Edelstein and deputy minister Ayoub Kara.

Shas ministers also were absent from the vote on the bill, whose sponsor Knesset Member Zevulun Orlev noted that it was on the same day seven years ago that the Sharon government approved the “Disengagement” plan that resulted in the expulsion of more than 9,000 Jews from their homes in Gaza and four northern Samaria communities.

Following the  expulsions, which were promoted as guaranteeing peace and quiet for southern Israel, the government ordered the demolition of houses and then withdrew all soldiers from the Gaza region.

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 and after he made several concessions to nationalists.

Prime Minister Netanyahu has promised to build 10 new homes for every one torn down and has won legal approval from the attorney general for his plan to take down the houses, brick by brick, and rebuild them nearby on land used by the military.

He also said he will head a new committee on Jewish development in Judea and Samaria, effectively removing the authority of Defense Minister Ehud Barak, who has ordered dozens of demolitions of outpost communities and has blocked Jews from living in homes that were legally purchased, most recently in Hevron.

Nationalists fear the failure to pass the bill will encourage more demolitions and expulsions at more communities, such as Migron and Givat Asaf, where left-wing groups have challenged the legality of their construction.

MK Orlev chided Prime Minister Netanyahu for offering to expand building in Beit El in return for the demolitions. “If the prime minister wants to expand building, why tie it with this destruction in the Ulpana neighborhood?” he asked.

Israel Political Brief May 23, 2012: PM Benjamin Netanyahu Orders Two-Week Delay on ‘Ulpana Law’ to Postpone Expulsion Plans to Beit El’s Ulpana Neighborhood

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Netanyahu Orders Two-Week Delay on ‘Ulpana Law’

Netanyahu orders the coalition to shelve Ketzaleh’s bill to legalize the Ulpana neighborhood and tells Barak to postpone expulsion plans.
A boy walks near Israeli flags in Ulpana

A boy walks near Israeli flags in Ulpana
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has ordered the coalition to block National Union Knesset Member Yaakov (Ketzaleh) Katz’s bill to compensate potential expulsion victims at Beit El’s Ulpana neighborhood and also told Defense Minister Ehud Barak to postpone demolition plans. The Prime Minister wants two weeks to solve the dilemma.

A court order for expulsions and demolitions of the five Ulpana apartment buildings is hanging over the heads of approximately two dozen families, some of whom have been living in the neighborhood for 10 years. There was no question of their legal presence until the High Court agreed with a left-wing organization petition that the land is owned by a Palestinian Authority Arab different from his cousin of the same name who sold the property – claiming ownership – to Beit El.

The government authorized the residents to move into their homes, which they argue were legally bought in good faith, but the High Court rejected their claim.

Prime Minister Netanyahu told coalition leader Ze’ev Elkin to work against advancing the bill proposed by MK Katz – whose party does not sit in the coalition – so that the government can find an alternative solution in two weeks.

Barak has said he opposes the proposed law because it would scuttle a standing court order and would give ammunition to the international anti-Israel movement. “In an advanced democratic country, there is no possibility of passing legislation that cancels a standing court order. Beit El is a large and important community that in the future will remain a part of the State of Israel in any future arrangement [with the Palestinian Authority). We must find a solution to carry out the court order while strengthening Beit El,” he said.

The implication is that Barak would agree to additional housing units in Beit El in exchange for carrying out the demolitions and expulsions. He has blocked thousands of homes from being built for Jews in Judea and Samaria by not signing authorization forms. As Defense Minister, he must sign each building permit for the Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria as they are subject to the  IDF civil administration.

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