Debate Rages in Israel Over Ulpana Outpost
Upon completing a round of meetings with the heads of Israel’s major political parties, the country’s prime minister Benjamin Netanayhu declared on Monday that the outpost arrangement bill would not be passed.
The bill aims to retroactively authorize construction of five disrupted buildings, comprising some 30 apartments, that are slated for court-ordered demolition at the end of the month.
Israel’s High Court of Justice ruled in April that the homes had been built on private Palestinian land which must be restored to its owner. The outpost arrangement bill calls for compensating the owners of the land, rather than demolishing the existing homes, circumventing the court’s ruling.