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  4/27/2012, Iyar 5, 5772

Shalom: Uprooting Ulpana Neighborhood Unthinkable


Deputy Prime Minister Silvan Shalom said, Friday, that the state must move "from removal to approval" in the matter of the Ulpana (religious girls' high school) neighborhood in the Binyamin-region Jewish community of Beit El. His call came as the state applied for a 90 day deferral of a Supreme Court order to uproot homes in the neighborhood.

Speaking during a visit to the neighborhood, Shalom said he hopes a legal solution can be found but that approval through legislation is also a viable option. Noting that leaving the neighborhood's residents where they are is a national need, he said, "The matter must be treated as a land disupte, and just as such a dispute would be resolved within the Green Line [the 1949 Armistice Line -ed.], it is out of place to be more stringent in the area of Judea and Samaria, of all places."