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Sunday, February 20, 2011

Bill would place Jewish towns in Judea and Samaria under Israeli civil authority

A bill has been proposed in the Knesset that would place the Jewish towns in Judea and Samaria under Israeli civil authority. Currently, those towns are under the authority of a 'military occupation.' The change would remove from the hands of Defense Minister Ehud Barak the ability to cause a de facto freeze in Judea and Samaria by refusing to approve any building plans. The change is not the same as annexing the territory.

The bill is being proposed by Yaakov Katz (National Union) and 24 co-sponsors. A similar bill in the last Knesset garnered support from 12 current cabinet ministers, plus Prime Minister Netanyahu.
MK Katz said that he expects the Likud officials to support the new legislation, just as they did previously. The former backers include Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz of Likud, Tourism Minister Stas Misezhnikov of the National Union, and Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin, a veteran Likud member.

“The time has come to begin to bring the 350,000 Jews in Judea and Samaria under Israeli government law” and not under military rule, MK Katz said. “It is not reasonable that they should be Class B citizens who are dependent on the whims of the Defense Minister, who decides the fate of building for Jews in Judea and Samaria.”

Passage of the bill would virtually block a freeze on building for Jews in Judea and Samaria, a policy officially rejected by Israel but in partial effect due to Defense Minister Ehud Barak’s refusal to approve hundreds of building requests. The bill removes his authority and transfers it to the Housing Ministry.

However, the proposed law would not officially annex Jewish communities as part of Israel, as has been done in the past for United Jerusalem and the Golan Heights.
I'm afraid MK Katz is doing some wishful thinking. But it's a nice idea.

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At 8:54 PM, Blogger Stuart said...

as long as settlers get to keep their guns

At 9:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ms. Clinton will not be happy. The O-team will have to post minatory kvetchings on the increasing illegitimacy of Jewish housing on State Department Twitter accounts and their Facebook wall.


Thinking about it, inasmuch as the holy brethren Banu Nadir, Banu Qurayza and the Banu Qaynuqa established an eternal, irrevocable, and sacred connection between the great Jewish Arabian peninsula and the people of Israel from time immemorial, it is only fair to notify Hillary in her next rambling, accusatory phone diatribe, that studies are afoot on how to sideline the current British-era imperialistic lackeys and return the great Gulf kingdoms to their Hebraic glory.

At 12:08 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Israel should annex Yesha. Its high time the discriminatory IDF occupation of 500,000 revanants was finally canceled. The Palestinians refuse to make peace with Israel and whatever rationale existed for punishing innocent Jews to give them a state is now gone. Its time to finally terminate the occupation - by making Yesha a permanent part of the State Of Israel.

At 12:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Palestinians could always be offered full citizenship in the Ottoman Republic, fully restoring them to the status quo ante.


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