Court to State: Legalize 'Outpost' Now, Compensate Residents
In a landmark decision with important political ramifications, the Tel Aviv Magistrates Court has accepted the legality of a community that the state currently defines as an "illegal outpost".
The court ordered the state to grant NIS 15,000 each to residents of Rechelim in Samaria (Shomron) in compensation for violating its contractual obligations to them, and to take action to approve the community's zoning plan.
Judge Yishai Koren instructed the state to pay the sum demanded – NIS 15,000 to each of the plaintiffs – and ordered the state to act "with diligence and vigor, and to do all that is permissible by law to legalize the sale of the homes it sold the plaintiffs, and to bring about the granting of zoning permits for these homes."
"One must read the arguments in this case in order to believe that the state itself… could defend itself by saying that the plaintiffs signed contracts in which they recognized faults that existed in the houses… Nothing is left of the state's defense, and it would have been better if this embarrassing affair had never reached the court's doorstep."