- Published on Friday, 11 May 2012 13:30
On Friday, 11th May, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called a meeting of seniors to address the issue of the evacuation of five residential buildings in the Ulpana neighborhood of the West Bank settlement of Beit El.
This meeting will be the first since the leader of Kadima Shaul Mofaz joined the coalition and was named vice prime minister.
The High Court of Justice ordered the demolition of the buildings by the 1st July. The ministers are going to discuss ways to get around the High Court ruling, including a law that approves the disputed buildings.
On Monday, residents of the Ulpana neighbourhood said they have no intention negotiating a departure from their homes, and that it is up to the state to solve their problem.
According to the Haaretz Israeli newspaper, in the case of the West Bank outpost of Migron, the High Court also rejected the state's request to postpone that evacuation. The court reaffirmed its order that Migron be evacuated by August 1, 2012.
The difference between the residents of Migron settlement and Ulpana's is that the residents of Migron reached an agreement for the voluntary evacuation, after the state decided on February 26 to fund two temporary housing solutions for the residents of the illegal outpost. Each temporary housing project would cost at least NIS 25 million. In Migron the settlers agreed to move from prefabricated, temporary homes to permanent housing, whereas in Ulpana the residents are being asked to leave permanent housing which they consider their dream homes.