Hoping to stave off the potential falling of his government, Benyamin Netanyahu has formed a panel to establish a definitive standing on West Bank Outposts. With the planned March demolition of the Israeli settlement of Migron, the panel is intended to form a governmental policy on the issue which will satisfy nationalists in both the Likud and the rest of the coalition. The necessity of such a report is due to a recent Supreme Court ruling dictating the de jure status of non-state owned land as Palestinian, in other words land whose ownership is disputed could be considered “Arab-lands” despite Israeli governmental cooperation in the initial development of such lands. In addition to facing the Supreme Court decision, the committee will take on the controversial Sasson report of 2005, which declared outpost construction prior to regulations enacted on December 6, 2004 as “unauthorized,” despite Defense Ministry endorsement at the time of their construction. However, it seems that its direct intention is to cut short MK Orlev’s “Outpost law,” which may be voted on by the Knesset on as early as Wednesday the 1st, which aims at preventing destruction of outposts built on private Palestinian land, if the landowner failed to petition the court in four years.
Israel National News, Israel