Israel Political Brief October 17, 2012: Report: PM Benjamin Netanyahu to ask Cabinet to approve panel’s findings on legality of settlements

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Report: Netanyahu to ask Cabinet to approve panel’s findings on legality of settlements

Source: JTA, 10-17-12

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will ask his Cabinet to approve some of the conclusions of a report that says West Bank settlements are legal under international law….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief July 10, 2012: President Shimon Peres Calls Settlements a Threat to Israel

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Settlements a threat to Israel, Peres says

Source: JTA, 7-10-12

Israeli President Shimon Peres called West Bank settlements a threat to Israel.

The remarks, made Tuesday at the annual ceremony in memory of Zionism founder Theodor Herzl, appeared to address a report released Sunday that said “Israel does not meet the criteria of ‘military occupation’ as defined under international law” in the West Bank, and that therefore settlements and West Bank outposts are legal.

“It is doubtful that a Jewish state without a Jewish majority can remain Jewish,” Peres said, inferring that settlements would lead to the inextricable inclusion of the Palestinians living on the West Bank….READ MORE

Full Text Israel Political Brief July 9, 2012: PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s Comments on Retired Judge Edmund Levy’s Report on West Bank Settlements

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PM Netanyahu Comments on Retired Judge Edmund Levy’s Report

Source: PMO, 7-9-12

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, today commented on retired Supreme Court Judge Edmund Levy’s report:

“First of all, I very much appreciate the efforts of Judge Levy and the people who worked with him. They did serious, quiet work over long months. I will submit this report to the Ministerial Committee on Settlement Affairs that I established and we will discuss it and make a decision.

This is important. This report, in my opinion, discusses the question of the legality and legitimacy of the settlement movement in Judea and Samaria on the basis of the facts and claims that merit serious examination.”

The Commision to Examine the Status of Building In Judea and Samaria – Conclusion and Recommendations — Full Text PDF

Israel Political Brief July 9, 2012: The Levy Committee: West Bank Settlements & Outposts Legal Under International Law

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Israeli panel: West Bank settlements, outposts legal under int’l law

Source: JTA, 7-9-12

West Bank settlements are legal under international law, according to an Israeli committee set up to review the legal status of West Bank land.

The Levy Committee, which was formed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and headed by former Israeli Supreme Court Justice Edmond Levy, said in its 89-page report released late Sunday that “Israel does not meet the criteria of ‘military occupation’ as defined under international law” in the West Bank, and that therefore settlements and West Bank outposts are legal.

The report recommends changing the legal regulations concerning Jewish settlement in the West Bank in the areas of zoning, demolitions and building….READ MORE

The Commision to Examine the Status of Building In Judea and Samaria – Conclusion and Recommendations — Full Text PDF

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