Daily Israel Report

Netanyahu Blocks 'Migron Bill'

MK Orlev thinks Prime Minister decided to postpone vote legalizing outpost because it has a majority.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 1/15/2012, 5:29 PM

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Arutz Sheva

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu instructed the Ministerial Committee for Legislation not to vote Sunday on a bill that would prevent the demolition of outposts. The bill is known as the Outpost Authorization Bill or the Migron Bill – because its early passage would prevent the demolition of that outpost, scheduled to take place by March.

MK Zevulun Orlev (Jewish Home), who sponsored the bill, told Arutz Sheva that Netanyahu apparently knows that the bill has the support of a majority of the committee's members, and therefore wants to avoid a vote.

Orlev repeated previous warnings – by him and the other members of the Jewish Home – that they intend to leave the coalition if Migron is razed. Such a move would "send shockwaves through the coalition," he said. While the Jewish Home faction is only made up of three MKs, if they bolt the coalition, a domino effect could cause other MKs to rebel, including some Likud MKs who oppose the Migron demolition.

Orlev said that Netanyahu would have nothing to gain by letting the Jewish Home leave his coalition and showing his determination to destroy Migron. "It will be very hard for the Prime Minister to claim that the Jewish Home is an extremist party," he said.