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Knesset Vote on Outpost Legalization Set for Wednesday

Coalition Chairman and key MKs from three parties agree with Knesset Speaker to bring bill to a vote.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 5/13/2012, 10:46 PM

Buildings in Ulpana neighborhood
Buildings in Ulpana neighborhood
Israel news photo: Baruch Gordon

The bill for legalizing Jewish outposts and disputed neighborhoods – including Givat HaUlpana in Beit El – will be brought for a vote in the Knesset Wednesday.

The decision was made by Coalition Chairman MK Ze'ev Elkin (Likud), MK Yariv Levin (Likud), MK David Rotem (Yisrael Beitenu) and MK Yaakov Katz (National Union), after they consulted and coordinated the matter with Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin.

The bill will be a composite of two bills proposed by MK Katz and MK Zevulun Orlev (Jewish Home).

Earlier Sunday, MK Elkin said that the bills would only be brought before the Knesset if they appear likely to pass. This, he added, will only happen if coalition ministers are allowed to vote freely and not forced to vote in a certain way, subject to party discipline.