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Jewish Home Warns Netanyahu over Razing

Religious Zionist coalition faction says it will consider leaving coalition if demolitions continue.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 11/1/2011, 2:34 PM

MK Uri Orbach
MK Uri Orbach
Flash 90

The chairman of the Jewish Home faction, MK Uri Orbach, sent an urgent letter to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu Tuesday regarding the State's upcoming reply to the High Court on the matter of demolitions in Judea and Samaria. 

The State is expected to state its position regarding the plans to raze several Jewish communities that the Court has determined were built illegally. Netanyahu has been holding marathon discussions on the matter.

"The Jewish Home faction is adamantly opposed to a reply that includes agreement to the destruction of homes in these places," he wrote.

"The State's answer must make it clear that the Prime Minister has given instructions to establish a team of inquiry on the subject of lands and outposts, and that the State therefore requests a postponement. We remind you that at the same time, there are various bills that await discussion in the Knesset and which could solve the problem. "

"Let us not shake up the good partnership between us. The government's purpose is to build homes and communities countrywide, not to uproot them."

Orbach's faction colleague MK Zevulun Orlev spoke in a similar tone Sunday.

Sources in the Jewish Home told Arutz Sheva Tuesday that "if and when the State allows the destruction of the outposts, we will consider our political steps, including the possibility of leaving the Coalition. We hope that the Prime Minister understands that such a move would destabilize the coalition."