Netanyahu Creates Task Force to Legalise Illegal
Settler Outposts in the West Bank
Wednesday October 12, 2011 13:09 by William Gibson - IMEMC & Agencies
So-called prime minister of the Israeli occupation government,
Benjamin Netanyahu, has announced plans to create a task force to
explore ways of legalizing the illegal Israeli settlement outposts built
on Palestinian land, Haaretz reported.
By way of background: In
February 2011, Netanyahu met with three senior Israeli ministers, the
attorney-general and other top legal officials, to discuss the
demolishing of illegal outposts built on private Palestinian land. The
meeting was a double-edged sword, with the second objective being to
discuss the possibility of legalising any constructions within
settlements and outposts that have taken place on state land.
Private Palestinian land being areas actually owned by Palestinians, and
state land being areas within the Green Line, which is earmarked by the
Palestinians to be part of a future state.
subsequently submitted affidavits to the Israeli High Court of Justice,
and in accordance with a court ruling in August, several buildings were
destroyed in Migron, near the West Bank city of Ramallah. The illegal
outpost is to be razed before the end of March 2012, and numerous other
outposts are to be dismantled over the next six months.
ruling regarding Migron and the other outposts, however, caused a
backlash amongst settler groups and right-wing members of the Israeli
government (including members of Netanyahu’s own Likud party).
Bowing under the pressure, the prime minister contacted the minister of
justice, Yaakov Neeman, instructing him to set up the task force for the
purpose of legalising constructions within outposts and settlements on
state land, thus faciliating the seizure of more and more Palestinian
Former member of the Israeli Knesset, Zehava Galon, said
that Attorney-General Yehuda Weistein “must make it clear to Netanyahu
that the robbery and theft of private lands cannot be legalised, since
it constitutes a criminal offense.” She also claimed that “Netanyahu’s
entire move is meant to further establish Israeli authority over the
[Palestinian] territories, and deepen the occupation. “
Israel considers settlement outposts built within the West Bank (without
government approval) to be illegal, and occasionally sends Israeli
security personnel to demolish them, international law deems
all Israeli settlements and outposts within the West Bank to be illegal,
including those within annexed East Jerusalem.
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