Haresha seen from Dolev
Haresha seen from Dolev Mordechai Sones

Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit issued an updated opinion on the approach to the strategic hilltop village of Haresha in Binyamin.

The legal opinion permits expropriation of privately-owned Arab land for the purpose of regulating access to the 700+ meter high village, in a way that enables population of the village's entire area.

At the end of October, now-retired Judge Salim Jubran ruled in the Supreme Court regarding the outline formulated by the government for temporary housing of Amona evacuees in absentee property adjacent to the site from which they were evicted.

The petition itself was accepted by a majority opinion, but all the justices agreed on the authority of the IDF Civilian Authority commander to act in civilian interests of the Israeli residents of Judea and Samaria.

השרה איילת שקד בבנימין
השרה איילת שקד בבנימין צילום: דוברות

Following the ruling, Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked turned to the Attorney General to reexamine the access route to Haresha.

Following Mandelblit's opinion, Shaked called this another step in realizing the rights of hundreds of thousands of Yeshan residents, and promised to continue to reexamine previous legal positions regarding the regulation of construction in Judea and Samaria.