Bennett rejects Netanyahu's request to delay Regulation Law vote

Jewish Home leader refuses PM's request to push off Regulation Law vote until after his trip to visit UK Prime Minister Theresa May.

David Rosenberg ,

Bennett and Netanyahu
Bennett and Netanyahu

Education Minister and Jewish Home chief Naftali Bennett rejected a request Sunday afternoon by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to delay a Knesset vote on the Regulation Law until after an upcoming trip to the UK.

Passage of the Regulation Law, which would protect thousands of homes across Judea and Samaria from ex post facto claims of land ownership by absentee landlords, was a key part in an agreement between the Prime Minister and residents of Amona prior to its demolition last week.

Prime Minister Netanyahu is slated to meet with his counterpart in the UK, Theresa May, and had requested from Bennett that the vote on the Regulation Law be pushed off until after the meeting. The vote is currently scheduled for Monday evening.

If passed, the Regulation Law will likely be challenged in court – in which case Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit has indicated he will not defend the government’s position. The Knesset's legal advisor has said that he will defend the law instead of Mandelblit.

Coalition chairman David Bitan (Likud) said nullification of the law by the Supreme Court would send a dangerous precedent.

“We cannot have a situation where a court in Israel will take a harder line than the International Court which okayed a compensation deal for private land in Cyprus,” said Bitan, referencing a 2014 ruling by the European Court of Human Rights on the Turkish occupation in Cyprus and compensation for property taken by the Turkish government.

“It cannot be that the Israeli Supreme Court acts [more harshly] than the ruling of an international court on a similar case,” continued Bitan.