Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked
Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked Yonatan Sindel/Flash 90

Justice Minister MK Ayelet Shaked (Jewish Home) vowed to prevent further court ruling demolishing homes in Judea-Samaria on Wednesday, noting in a special Arutz Sheva interview that she has established a legal taskforce to work on the issue. 

Shaked noted at the outset that Supreme Court rulings must be respected - even when the public does not agree with them.

She spoke shortly after the demolition of the Draynoff housing project in Beit El, which caused political and public outcry after images surfaced of hundreds of police officers brutally fighting the community's residents. 

"We have established a team of professionals with a series of legal tools at our disposal to ensure that such things never happen again," Shaked stated.

The purpose of the team, she added, is "to solve the problem of private land and settlements on private land and also in residential areas that are not populated places, and solve it in a proper legal manner" - i.e. to validate existing communities built on private land and ensure a smoother process for establishing new communities. 

The Justice Minister further stressed that she is pushing for further construction in Judea and Samaria (Shomron) and to end the de facto building freeze in the region.

"I am happy that the Prime Minister finally approved 300 housing units that he promised after [destructions in] the Ulpana neighborhood," she said. "It's too little - he should also build on state land, which we know, of course is legal and is allowed." 

She added that if done well, even the High Court itself could support the taskforce's recommendations. 

"We are certainly not here to waste our time, there are many working on the settlement of the High Court and the goal is that the state's response will be adequate," she said. "I hope that this team will know how to give tools to the state to show the High Court the right solutions."