MKS threaten walk-out over evac­u­a­tion

The Jewish Chronicle - - World News - BYBENHARTMAN

FOL­LOW­ING AN emer­gency meet­ing on Mon­day night, an Is­raeli min­is­te­rial com­mit­tee an­nounced that it would ask the High Court to post­pone plans for the evac­u­a­tion of the West Bank out­post of Ul­pana at the end of the month. Op­po­nents claim this could break up the coali­tion gov­ern­ment.

Thecom­mit­teeal­soan­nounced­plans to le­galise the West Bank out­posts of Bruchin, Sansana and Re­halim.

Speak­ing to Army Ra­dio on Tues­day, Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu said his gov­ern­ing coali­tion was strong and that he was not afraid of elec­tions, re­it­er­at­ing that the is­sue of Ul­pana had to be re­solved.

On Sun­day, De­fence Min­is­ter Ehud Barak crit­i­cised the right-wing MKS who have at­tacked him in the wake of his vow to ad­here to a High Court rul­ing that the 30 homes at Ul­pana must be evac­u­ated.

Mr Barak said: “We are sub­ject to the rule of law and must en­sure that Is­rael re­mains a nor­ma­tive coun­try among the ad­vanced na­tions of the world.”

The con­tro­versy sur­rounds 30 homes that the High Court has ruled were built on pri­vate Pales­tinian land. Res­i­dents say the land was legally pur­chased from its Pales­tinian land-own­ers.

On Satur­day, the same day that Trans­porta­tion Min­is­ter Yis­rael Katz vis­ited fam­i­lies at Ul­pana, Vice-premier Moshe Ya’alon said an evac­u­a­tion of Ul­pana would threaten the coali­tion, and ac­cused Mr Barak of work­ing against the in­ter­ests of the gov­ern­ment.

In re­sponse, Mr Barak ac­cused Mr Ya’alon and Mr Katz of “Fei­glin­ism” — a ref­er­ence to the far-right branch of the Likud party led by Moshe Fei­glin. The war of words heated up again the next day when Jewish Home Party chair Daniel Her­shkowitz warned that his party and its three MKS would leave the coali­tion if the move is car­ried out.

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