Observers expect the Cabinet Sunday to reject advancing a bill by Likud Knesset Member Miri Regev to establish sovereignty over Judea and Samaria, which legally is under military rule.
The bill, if enacted into law, would require the government to apply Israeli law on all Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria and would establish authority over access roads in order to ensure security for Jewish residents, often terrorized by attempted car-jackings, rock-throwing attacks and sniper fire.
“The position of the Likud government has been that in any future Palestinian Authority-Israeli agreement, the Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria will be under Israeli sovereignty,” MK Regev said Sunday. “Now that the Palestinian Authority has declared its intention of unilateral independence, Israel should immediately declare sovereignty,” she added.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is unlikely to start out his new national unity coalition with a confrontation against Kadima MKs who would oppose the bill. Defense Minister Ehud Barak, head of the Independence party that split off from Labor last year, also would certainly oppose the idea.
The bill would strip Barak’s authority to block Jews from building and entering homes without his personal approval.
Even if there were solid backing for the bill, Prime Minister Netanyahu would not risk a confrontation with President Barack Obama, who has promised Israel funding for new Iron Dome anti-rocket systems. President Obama is adamantly opposed to a Jewish presence in most of Judea and Samaria and has even labeled Jewish neighborhoods in Jerusalem as "settlements" in areas claimed by the Palestinian Authority.