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Land Pioneer to Ulpana: Get it in Writing

Moshe Zar tells Beit El leadership not to agree to Prime Minister's promises unless he writes them down.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 6/20/2012, 7:09 PM

Moshe Zar
Moshe Zar
Israel news photo: Flash 90

The pioneer land buyer Moshe Zar called on the leadership of Beit El Wednesday not to agree to the Prime Minister's promises regarding the Ulpana neighborhood unless he they are given in writing.

"The government gives an oral promise of 300 new apartments, but oral promises have no value," Zar told Arutz Sheva. "Even land dealers who sit down, argue and reach an oral agreement know that in the end they need to sit down and sign the deal, period."

Zar said that there are promises made by the government which were given to him orally and never carried out to this day. "For the peace of mind and calmness, one must get things in writing. And I say to the residents of the Ulpana neighborhood – you received promises, ask for them in writing. That way you can sleep quietly."

"I have been promised things orally and I wait very patiently for them to be fulfilled," he drove the point home. "I believe them, not because I am naïve, but because I think one side should respect the other, and I respect oral promises, but I would be happy if the promises were in writing."

The Beit El leadership has reportedly agreed to allow the contested homes in the Ulpana neighborhood to be "sawed" and relocated, in return for a commitment by the government to build 300 new homes in Beit El and for the establishment of a new Ministerial Committee on Settlement in Judea and Samaria that would prevent the State Attorney's Office from colluding with leftist NGOs to force demolition of Jewish homes.