Israeli bid to legalize West Bank outposts hits AG objections

31.10.2011                      03.Cheschwan. 5772                       Ta'anit BH"B

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Israeli bid to legalize West Bank outposts hits AG objections

Netanyahu's decision to appoint panel of jurists that do not work in the Attorney General's Office apparently prompted by pressure from right-wing cabinet ministers and Knesset members.

Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein is aiming to restrict the purview of the committee whose formation Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently announced, and which is to be tasked with finding ways to legalize unauthorized West Bank outposts built on private Palestinian lands. As of last night the future of the controversial proposed committee seemed in doubt.
Netanyahu's decision to appoint a panel of jurists that do not work in the Attorney General's Office was apparently prompted by pressure from right-wing cabinet ministers and Knesset members, in the face of promises by the state to demolish buildings in various settlements. These include Givat Asaf, an outpost built on private Palestinian-owned land without construction permits, which is home to 25 Jewish families. Furthermore, High Court of Justice has given the state until the end of March 2012 to demolish the Migron outpost, and in addition the state undertook to destroy six buildings in the settlement of Beit El, by Independence Day next spring….