Attorney and Likud activist Yossi Fuchs said, Sunday evening, that the state has the authority to expropriate land for security reasons under international law regarding sovereignty in territory taken during war. Reacting to the report that Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein opposed legislation to authorize unauthorized Jewish holdings in Judea and Samaria, Fuchs noted that three decades ago, the Supreme Court recognized the state's authority to establish and expand Jewish communities in those areas for security needs. He added that in cases where no ownership is proven but the land's owners are absentees, the issue is simpler.
Moreover, Fuchs said, "Distinguished jurists from the right argue that Judea and Samaria are not occupied territory. On the contrary; the area was occupied by the Jordanians and returned to Israel after the [Six Day] war, the state has a priority over any other entity to apply its sovereignty over the territory."