Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Monday came out squarely against the Regulation Law, which would ensure that residents of the Ulpana neighborhood in Beit El could remain in their homes. Barak saod that he and the other two members of his Atzma'ut party would vote against the law when it came up for a Knesset vote, and that as a minister he would try to get the bill shelved.
Speaking at a meeting in which he addressed the other two Knesset members in his party, Barak said that Beit El was “an important settlement, where thousands of people who were sent by various Israeli governments live. It is a town that will remain part of Israel in any settlement with the Palestinians, along with Ofra and Ba'al Hazor. We must resolve the Ulpana issue in a proper manner,” Barak said, indicating that there was no way to ignore the order of the High Court and allow the residents to remain in their homes.