Government has every right to change its policy which gave rise to the demolition orders.
By Ted Belman
Both the Orlov bill and the Katz bill calling solutions which would avoid demomolitions in Ulpana and Migron were withdraw for two weeks to give Netanyahu time to come up with another solution. The good news is that Netanya offered a free vote for not only rank and file Likud MK/s but also for the Cabinet Ministers. Netanyahu obviously believes that the MK’s will prefer his solution to the one’s inherent in the withdrawn bills. Or does he mean that he will allow a free vote only if he doesn’t propose another solution.
Perhaps Netanyahu was also influenced by the belief that said Cabinet Ministers would support the bills even if he tried to impose Party discipline on them
“In an advanced democratic country, there is no possibility of passing legislation that cancels a standing court order. Beit El is a large and important community that in the future will remain a part of the State of Israel in any future arrangement [with the Palestinian Authority). We must find a solution to carry out the court order while strengthening Beit El,”
He spoke out against the proposed legislation, and the precedent of “bypassing” a Supreme Court ruling. “It would harm the country, the government and the settlers,” he said, and serve as “an effective weapon in the hands of our enemies.”
I do not believe Barak when he says “In an advanced democratic country, there is no possibility of passing legislation that cancels a standing court order.” For instance if a Court sentences a criminal to be hanged, government can commute the sentence. The Court has no vested interest in seeing the man hung of the buildings demolished,
This is cowardly on Barak’s part and to think he is our Defense Minister.
Minister Benny Begin (Likud) said respect for the Supreme Court ruling had to take precedence and “The repercussions of this type of legislation on land ownership rights would be far-reaching.””
Yes they are far reaching. Basically it provides a Knesset approved solution to houses build on “private Palestinian land” as opposed the the solution laid down by the Court, without a hearing of the merits based on government policy. So why can’t the government change its policy.
Also it seems to me that ordering demolition is an executive function not a legal function. This demolition order started with the Court following government policy and so I see noting wrong in the government changing its policy.