On Sunday: Right-wing ministers' test

Six ministers refuse to announce they will back bill obligating the government to fulfill promises to build in Judea and Samaria.

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MKs Yoav Kisch and Bezalel Smotrich
MKs Yoav Kisch and Bezalel Smotrich
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The Ministerial Committee on Legislation will discuss on Sunday the bill proposed by the heads of the Land of Israel Knesset lobby, MKs Yoav Kisch (Likud) and Bezalel Smotrich (Jewish Home), that will obligate the government to quickly implement its promises to build in Judea and Samaria.

The law states that where a government promise has been given to build on the site of demolished buildings, all the procedures required to keep the promise will be advanced as quickly as possible and will not be delayed due to political and other considerations. The idea for the bill came up following Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's promise to build 300 housing units in Beit El – a promise which has not yet been implemented.

Arutz Sheva has learned that most of the ministers who are members of the Ministerial Committee on Legislation intend to vote in favor of the bill, and the Land of Israel lobby hopes that Netanyahu will not thwart the attempts to pass it at the last minute.

Government ministers who have yet to announce their support for the law are: Yoav Galant, Miri Regev, David Azoulay, Moshe Kahlon, Sofa Landver and Yaakov Litzman.

Ministers who have announced they would vote in favor of the bill are: Ayelet Shaked, Ze'ev Elkin, Ofir Akunis, Gila Gamliel, Yariv Levin, Uri Ariel and Ayoob Kara.

Elkin's office told Arutz Sheva on Thursday evening, "The minister called for this bill a long time ago and has been leading the call for construction in Beit El. If the law comes up for a vote, Minister Elkin will vote in favor of it."

Earlier on Thursday evening, Smotrich urged ministers from the nationalist camp who recently said that "the promises which were made [regarding Beit El] must be fulfilled" to vote in favor of the bill.

"Ministers and MKs stood in the tent of the people of Beit El and said that the promises should be fulfilled, and to a great extent they said that in the end everything was in the hands of the Prime Minister ... The moment this bill was submitted, the ball was retrieved from the prime minister's court to our court,” said Smotrich, who promised that the bill would be put to a vote in the Knesset even if the ministerial committee decides not to approve it.

"Whoever was in the tent and said 'promises should be kept,' [if] he now votes against the bill, then he too is not keeping his promises. I know my colleagues in the government and the Knesset very well, [and I know] that they will keep their promise and pass this just bill,” he added.