Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz called for an "orderly and businesslike" approach to evicting Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria. Minister Katz made the statements Tuesday at a meeting of Likud Party ministers. He advised the government to set up a forum to discuss evictions in order to avoid a situation like the Beit HaMalchpelah incident in Hevron two weeks ago. Minister Katz said Defense Minister Ehud Barak had the Hevron building forcibly evicted because of his own political motivations.
Minister Katz warned against repeating the situation in the case of the Ulpana neighborhood in Beit El. The Peace Now organization and others filed petitions on behalf of former Jordanian citizens currently living in the Palestinian Authority claiming that one row of houses in the neighborhood was built on private land.