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The bill would only allow a military commander to order a settler off land if there is a final court order based on evidence issued by a court authorized to deal with land issues.
Cabinet members are facing pressure to approve proposed legislation that would curtail the eviction of Jewish settlers from land that is purportedly owned by individual Palestinians by requiring a court ruling based on specific evidence of land ownership.
Members of the Ministerial Committee for Legislation are considered the bill today to decide whether the coalition will support it. The legislation would only allow a military commander to order a settler off land if there is a final court order based on evidence issued by a court authorized to deal with land issues.
The bill's sponsors said they introduced the bill after settlers' homes were demolished at the unauthorized West Bank outpost of Migron, and the Palestinians who claimed to be that land's rightful owners failed to prove actual ownership. The legislation's sponsors include coalition chairman Zeev Elkin (Likud), Yaakov Katz (National Union) and David Rotem (Yisrael Beiteinu).
Peace Now director Yariv Oppenheimer said the proposed law would allow anyone to grab land for a permanent settlement and bar an immediate eviction.