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Knesset Committee to Discuss Implementation of Levy Report

2012 report found Israeli presence in Judea and Samaria to be legal according to international law, called for continued settlement.
By Ari Yashar
First Publish: 11/26/2013, 8:33 PM

Judea and Samaria (file)
Judea and Samaria (file)
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MK David Rotem, Chairman of the Knesset's Constitution, Law and Justice Committee, announced Tuesday that the Committee would convene next week to discuss retired Supreme Court Justice Edmond Levy's report. Released in 2012, the report found that Israel's presence in Judea and Samaria is legal according to international law.

Levy headed a government established commission tasked with reviewing the legal status of Israeli construction in Judea and Samaria. The findings of the commission gave strong legal support to Jewish construction in the region.

The Levy report directly opposed Attorney Talia Sasson's report from 2005 which termed Jewish construction in Judea and Samaria "illegal outposts."

While Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has reportedly expressed interest in adopting the report, such a step has not yet been taken.

Furthermore, internal and external pressure continues to limit Israeli construction in Judea and Samaria. The announcement of 24,000 new homes in the area was quickly cancelled by Netanyahu earlier this month in response to American and Palestinian Authority (PA) criticism.

While Netanyahu ostensibly justified his action as giving Israel leverage in the Iran nuclear talks, a deal was nevertheless reached on Sunday despite Netanyahu's opposition.

Regarding the legal status of Judea and Samaria, the European Union (EU) is set to implement new guidelines that would boycott Israel over the 1949 Armistice lines.

The Legal Forum for the Land of Israel in the past called on the Knesset to implement the Levy report in response to the EU boycott.