Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked (Jewish Home) and Tourism Minister Yariv Levin (Likud), who are leading a proposal to apply Israeli law in Judea and Samaria just as it is applied in the rest of Israel were present today at a meeting on the subject in honor of the 50th anniversary of the 6-Day War at the Knesset Committee.
Levin and Shaked, who jointly lead the Legislation Committee, notified the rest of the government ministers that, as of June 1, every governmental bill will relate to Judea and Samaria along with the rest of Israel.
Levin said that the time has come to liberate residents of Judea and Samaria from military rule. “Authority must be transferred from the civil administration to the government offices, and the lives of the residents must be changed dramatically.”
“What goes on within the realm of the General’s Order is a disgrace and a scandal, and an expression of the discriminatory and abusive manner shown to settlement and the settlers of Judea and Samaria in complete contradiction to government policy. The time has come for the system to stop pursuing small plots and focus more on applying the law to the residents. The selectivity has got to end.
“We have waited 50 years and now is the time to change our approach - the law will apply in Judea and Samaria, and only if there is a special reason that it should be otherwise - it will be explained and examined,” he emphasized.
Shaked explained during the meeting, “We are trying to change the legislative reality in the Knesset. Minister Levin and I instructed the Ministers that, as of June 1, every governmental bill will relate to the residents of Judea and Samaria, whether in primary legislation or via General’s Order or some other way.
“From a check we held in the last Knesset, we saw that, aside from the known Regulation Law, only four laws addressed Judea and Samaria residents: “the Foster Law, the Civil Service Law, the Economic Efficiency Law, and the Prohibition of Discrimination in Products Law.
“Unfortunately, things don’t work quickly regarding the issuance of General’s Orders, the Defense Ministry does not work at that sort of pace.” She related that she “sat in several meetings with Deputy Defense Minister Ben-Dahan and Deputy Attorney General Raz Nizri, who held a day of in-depth study for all the legal advisers in government offices so that they would learn our instruction and how to relate to it, and what it’s consequences are.”
She said that she had set two new protocols in the Justice Ministry “in order to accelerate the pace of creating General’s Orders and normalizing the relations for Judea and Samaria residents.”
"There is no doubt that the lives of the residents of Judea and Samaria must be equal to those of all other residents of Israel. It’s obvious and required that 450,000 Israeli citizens need to be addressed. And not just when an economic agenda is at stake, as in the case of the Bag Law, as then they make sure to issue a General’s Order quickly. It needs to happen for every law.”