his government has backtracked on even that clause.
Two reports under his government’s auspices, one in 2012 and one published this year, have spoken of the need to authorize these communities.
The Knesset in 2017 passed legislation, now under adjudication before the High Court of Justice, that would retroactively legalize illegal homes on private Palestinian property, including in the outposts.
The security cabinet in 2017 created a committee to formulate a plan to authorize 70 outposts.
MK Bezalel Smotrich has submitted a private member’s bill to the Knesset calling for the authorization of those outposts and asking that they already be treated as legal communities. This includes, of course, those outposts in this week’s State Comptroller’s Report.
But while the bulk of the government and its politicians are already considering that these communities are here to stay, the state comptroller produced a report that reads like it was still the year 2003 in Israeli politics.
It was almost as though this report had been tucked away in some government vault for 14 years and then dusted off and republished.
It unequivocally stated that all such building activity in the outposts, including those whose authorization is pending, was illegal and must be stopped.
Government bodies, including the council, can’t enforce the law at the same time that it is breaking the law.
To left-wing groups, whose supporters fear Israeli annexation attempts rather than illegal building moves, the report seemed passé.
To right-wing politicians it was just one more document that proved the outposts must be immediately legalized.
In the end, the most shocking thing about the report was not the information it provided but that it was written at all. •