PM Netanyahu and David Bitan
PM Netanyahu and David Bitan Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu delayed the vote on a proposal canceling the expulsion from northern Samaria communities destroyed as part of the 2005 “Disengagement” from Gaza.

The Knesset's Ministerial Committee for Legislation was scheduled to vote on the law on Sunday. If approved, the new law would allow Jews freedom of movement in the areas of northern Samaria evacuated together with Gush Katif in 2005.

Previously, Coalition Chairman David Bitan (Likud) confirmed Netanyahu had given the proposal his approval.

Netanyahu ordered Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked (Jewish Home) to delay the vote due to its "diplomatic sensitivity" and to allow coordination with the US government.

Since the expulsion in 2005, nothing has been done with the land the communities of Homesh, Sa-Nur, Ganim and Kadim once stood on, and which is currently under control of the IDF Civil Administration as is all of Area C in Judea and Samaria.

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