Israel To “Legalize” Illegal Settlement Outposts

October 18, 2012 10:54 AM Saed Bannoura Israeli Settlement, News Report, West Bank 0

Israeli media sources reported that Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, intends to submit a proposal for “legalizing” illegal Israeli settlement outpost, built on privately-owned Palestinian lands in the West Bank.Netanyahu will soon be submitting the proposal to his ministerial council. Once approved, illegal and irregular Israeli settlement outposts in the occupied West Bank , including in and around occupied East Jerusalem, will be considered “legal’ under Israeli law and will start receiving services from the government.

Netanyahu is trying to implement recommendations made by a retired judge, identified as Edmond Levi, regarding legal measures concerning the legalization of random outposts.

Levi claimed that Israel is not an occupying country, and must ease what he called “restrictions imposed on Jewish settlers living in the West Bank”.

Levi submitted his recommendations to Netanyahu last June, but the recommendations were never published, Israeli Ynet News reported. Levi is a retired Supreme Court Justice.

The government will also ease restrictions on constructions in these illegal outposts with the purpose of improving construction laws in an attempt to overrule the fact that settlements are illegal under International Law.

Also, Likud Member of Knesset , Yisraek Katz, stated that the Israeli government wants to resolve issues that affect settlers’ daily life in order to allow them to live “the same way other Israeli citizens live in the country”.

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