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After the Knesset voted down a bill aimed at legalizing homes on the Ulpana Hill neighborhood in the West Bank settlement of Beit El, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Housing and Construction Minister Ariel Atias decided on Wednesday to order the construction of an additional 551 housing units in West Bank settlements.
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in a move meant to placate the Right following the failed vote on the settlement regulation bill, has approved new construction in West Bank settlements. The bill, which attempted evade a High Court ruling ordering the eviction of five homes in Beit El's Ulpana neighborhood, was voted down 69:22.
"International law presents several problems regarding the creation of a de facto civilian enclave in the middle of a military zone in the West Bank," a legal source told Ynet, adding that the proposed "rezoning" was a complex issue.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel seemed headed for a showdown with hard-core Jewish settlers on Wednesday, after his ministers followed his instructions to vote against a draft bill that would have retroactively legalized illegally built settler homes in the West Bank.
Addressing those he called his “brothers and sisters” in the settler movement, Mr. Netanyahu said: “I understand your pain. I share it.” He added, “There is no government that supports, or will support, settlement more than my government.”
But settlers raged. Hundreds converged on Jerusalem on Wednesday to protest in front of the Supreme Court and Parliament. About 50 settlers staged a hunger strike here over the last week, while others arrived after a three-day march from Beit El, about 10 miles north of Jerusalem. Young demonstrators tried to block roads and burned tires.