Efforts to prevent settlers' eviction

April 22, 2012 at 10:05 AM
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JERUSALEM, April 22 (UPI) -- Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is trying to prevent the eviction of settlers in the Ulpana neighborhood of Beit El in the West Bank, officials said.

Netanyahu ordered his aides on Saturday night to devise a legal solution to prevent the eviction of the settlers, Ynetnews.com said. "The prime minister is seeking a legal alternative to avoid the settlers' evacuation," a source familiar with the matter told the site. Last week Netanyahu told a Likud Party faction meeting that he had asked Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein to investigate ways of preventing the settlers' eviction.

On Sunday evening the settlers plan to hold an emergency meeting at the neighborhood to discuss the situation, The Jerusalem Post said.

Discord over the neighborhood's fate threatens the government's coalition, Haaretz said Sunday. Government ministers have accused the Defense Ministry of turning the issue into a political tool at the settlers' expense, the newspaper said.

The High Court of Justice ordered the settlers be evicted from the neighborhood by May 1 and the Defense Ministry's position on the matter has not changed, Ynetnews.com said. A statement issued by the ministry said "there are 30 housing units there, which pose the greatest problem because they were built on inadequate land."

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