Knesset approves the legalization of outposts in the West Bank

TEL Aviv _ Agencies

The Israeli Knesset (Parliament) General Committee on Wednesday approved the first reading of the Law on the regulation and legalization of settlements and outposts in the West Bank.

According to the Yediot Aharonot newspaper, the vote was voted in favour of the law by 61 votes to 47 against the law.

The law was approved by the Ministerial Committee on Legislation Affairs last Monday. It is the second law that relates to the regulation and legalization of settlements and outposts.

The Act contains three elements: the establishment of a time frame for settlement of settlements, access to municipal services and the freezing of existing demolitions.

The law prohibits any ability to claim land ownership by Palestinians on the list of settlement sites contained in the law, obliges the government to provide services to these sites, and requires cabinet approval for any demolition of illegal construction there.

According to Ha'aretz, the law is aimed at arranging thousands of settlement units erected on privately owned Palestinian areas, and enforcing Israeli law, to become part of Israel as well as cities rather than illegal settlements.

According to the paper, the government's legal advisor, Avigdor Mandelpelat, strongly opposes the law and will refuse to defend him in any of the Israeli or international courts.

According to the Yisrael Hume newspaper, 80% of the squatter settlements and outposts on private Palestinian land will be legalized.

Thus, more than 2,000 settlement units will be legalized in more than 66 settlements and settlement outposts.


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