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Danon: Barak Trying to Bring Down Government

MK Danny Danon says Defense Minister Ehud Barak's extra-governmental policy in Yesha is a bid to take down the government
By Gabe Kahn
First Publish: 4/21/2012, 9:59 PM

Danny Danon
Danny Danon
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MK Danny Danon (Likud) on Saturday repeated his previous criticism that Defense Minister Ehud Barak is actively seeking to bring down the Likud-led coalition.

Danon will attend an event on Sunday in support of Beit El's threatened Ulpana neighborhood, which faces destruction after left-wing NGO's filed a petition with what was then the Supreme Court of Cheif Justice Dorit Benisch.

The Benisch Court, which ruled that all non-state owned land in Judea and Samaria is presumptively 'Arab owned' land, frequently ruled in favor of such petitions even when proof of previous ownership could not be provided.

Critics of Benisch say her refusal to refer such cases to lower courts competent to determine evidentiary matters – since the Supreme Court does not decide matters of evidence – was tantamount to issuing an ideological ruling under the color of law.

Hundreds of Likud Central Committee members, ministers, and lawmakers support Israel's continued presence in Judea and Samaria.

Danon said, "Barak is trying to dismantle the government. Only left-wing governments would oppose this neighborhood. This is test that Likud must not fail."

Likud, since its inception, has formally advocated Jewish settlement in Judea and Samaria.

Barak's Independence Party, which emerged from a schism in the left-wing Labor party, has yet to poll well enough to be seated should elections be held today.

Danon charges that Barak's decision to pursue a private political agenda counter to government policy in Judea and Samaria is seeking "the support of the extreme left; trying to remain on the political map at the expense of Israel's presence in Judea and Samaria."

His "rejection of the Migron agreement and evacuation of Beit Hamachpela in Hevron were attacks on our communities in Judea and Samaria. The threat to destroy the Ulpana neighborhood is a red line for the nationalist camp - we will not allow this evacuation," Danon continued.

In Migron, Barak actively sought to undermine an agreement to move the community brokered on Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's behalf by Minister Without Portfolio Benny Begin.

In Hevron, Barak reneged on an agreement with Netanyahu, Begin, and Minister of Strategic Affairs Moshe "Bogie" Yaalon to delay the eviction of Beit Hamachpela until after the Passover holiday so that the "legal facts of the case" could first be established.

Barak's order to evict 15 Jewish families from Beit Hamachpela in Hevron was not based on a court order or a challenge to the legality of the families' purchase of the property, but that the Defense Ministry had not yet validated the sale.

The families maintain they only moved into the building before the Defense Ministry validated the sale because they were afraid Arab squatters would move in before they could take possession. Such validation under Barak, they say, is often delayed for extended periods of time.