Report: Vice PM says settler removal to collapse Israeli government

Maan News Agency | April 21, 2012

TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — Israel’s vice prime minister said Saturday that the government could fall apart if it follows through with plans to remove a neighborhood in Beit El settlement, Israeli daily Haaretz reported.

“We have said that we must not remove the neighborhood,” Moshe Yaalon was quoted as saying by Haaretz at a meeting in Beersheba.

“If that happens, the government will fall apart,” he added.

In 2011, Israel’s high court ruled that the neighborhood of Ulpan in Beit El settlement, near al-Bireh, must be evacuated by May 1, 2012.

On Wednesday, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked the Prosecutors office whether a request to delay the evacuation could be lodged, Haaretz said.

In 2008, Israeli rights group Yesh Din petitioned Israel’s Supreme Court on behalf of Palestinian residents who owned land that Beit El settlement was constructed on.

Five buildings in the Ulpan neighborhood are slated for removal.

About 500,000 Israeli settlers and 2.5 million Palestinians live in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, areas Israel captured in a 1967 war. All settlements are illegal under international law.

In March, the UN Human Rights Council adopted a resolution to launch an investigation into Israeli settlements.

Israel severed contacts with the UN body as a result of the decision.

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Israel’s Jerusalem municipality plans to build more than 50,000 (updated Dec 3, 2011: 85.000) new homes in the city’s occupied eastern sector over two decades:

  • 23,628 homes have already been approved, 20,263 in East Jerusalem and 3,365 in the west.
  • 13,824 are pending review, 12,819 in East Jerusalem and 1,005 in the west.
  • 23,266 housing units are still in planning stages, 19,281 in the east and 3,985 in the west.

Of these, the municipality plans:

  • 10,366 homes in northern East Jerusalem, including illegal Israeli settlement Pisgat Zeev and Palestinian town Beit Hanina.
  • 5,239 homes in southern East Jerusalem, including Gilo settlement and Palestinian district Beit Safafa.
  • 4,886 new units in central eastern Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan and Jerusalem’s Old City.

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Besides this, Israel approved plans to ethnic cleanse 57.000 bedouin from Palestine

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