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  6/5/2012, Sivan 15, 5772

Ya'alon: We Got Ourselves in Trouble


Vice Prime Minister Moshe Ya'alon said, Tuesday morning, that the government got itself in trouble regarding the Ulpana neighborhood in the Binyamin-region Jewish community of Beit El, where five homes are threatened with uprooting under a Supreme Court order. Referring to the order during an interview by Israel Defense Forces Radio, He said, "More than a year ago, the state submitted opinions presented to prosecutors without discussion by the Committee of Ministers. Once the problem was discovered,we tried to have the High Court to open the judgment, but we received a negative answer." The strategic-affairs minister said, "Now we have two terrible options [literally two different kinds of unkosher meat - ed.]. On the one hand it is unthinkable not to carry out the High Court's judgment, but on the other hand we will cause an injustice to the residents. We are faced with a complicated dilemma."

Ya'alon said that ministers and Knesset members were being flooded with phone calls, SMS messages and emails trying to make them afraid to vote against legislation intended to remove the homes from the threat.