The solution that will save thousands of Jewish homes?

Committee of legal experts releases recommendations to prevent demolition of 7,000 structures in Judea and Samaria.

Arutz Sheva Staff,

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An interministerial team of legal experts on Judea and Samaria is recommending is recommending a series of legal guidelines for the legal status of thousands of homes in dozens of neighborhoods and outposts currently threatened with eviction or demolition, Nadav Shragai of Yisrael Hayom reported Friday morning.

According to a decision made by the Security Cabinet a year ago, a dedicated task force is supposed to implement these guidelines and thus remove the threat of eviction or demolition from some 7,000 structures in Judea and Samaria.

The task force is headed by Adv. Dr. Haya Zandberg, who is is a valued provincial judge and former director of the civil office of the state attorney. The committee was established by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu at the request of Education Minister Nafatli Bennett in accordance with the coalition agreement between Bennett's Jewish Home party and the ruling Likud party.

According to Shragai, the committee submitted its recommendations in a 200-page report to Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit, Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, and Agricultural Minister Uri Ariel.

Some of the structures in question have been established in old communities on land that was declared 20 years ago as state land and defined as such by the so-called "Blue Line." However, a renewed examination by the Civil Administration in recent years has revealed that some of these lands are not state land. As a result, entire neighborhoods in Judea and Samaria suddenly became "illegal."

The committee recommended that the buildings set to be demolished be reorganized and re-qualified by the Civil Administration's 'Blue Line' team. Attorney General Mandelblit has already informed the Supreme Court that he is adopting this course of action.

The committee also recommended that discontinuing the "Blue Line" examination in areas where buildings have been constructed according to approved plans and criticized the the Civil Administration for carrying out the examinations over the objections of Deputy Attorney General Mike Blass.

As for the dozens of outposts and "daughter settlements" that were established on state land, but which have not had land set aside for construction, the committee proposes to relax the planning principle of "adjacent to the wall." This principle requires closeness and linkage to an existing and recognized community.

The committee noted that the issue of these outposts could also be solved by declaring new towns in Judea and Samaria, a practice which Israel had ceased for two decades before the establishment of Havat Gilad this year.

The members of the team note that even expropriation of land to pave the way for access to the settlement is considered. They rely on the words of former Supreme Court Justice Salim Jubran, who stated that "the Israeli residents of the area ... are also among the civilian population in the area," and that "the military commander is obligated to act for their welfare ... also by violating the rights Property of owners of rights in plots." This position was also adopted by the attorney general.

Another legal outline referrf to communities whose extensions have invaded private land, usually with the assistance or approval of the government branches and usually in good faith.

The members of the committee note that their solutions to allow thousands of Jewish structures to remain in Judea and SDamaria are in line with the Supreme Court rulings and clarify that they adhere to three principles: strict adherence to the rights of Arab residents in accordance with the rules of international law.


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