PM Netanyahu: Compensate Palestinians instead of destroying homes

Dr. Aaron Lerner – IMRA:

Pop quiz from Israel Law 101: Shimon builds an apartment complex on land in Ramat Gan. It turns out that the land apartment complex is sitting on is owned by Yosef.

Question: What do the courts in Israel rule?

    A. Demolish the apartment complex.
    B. The apartment complex is the property of Yosef since he own the law.
    C. Shimon has to compensate Yosef for the property and Shimon retains possession of the apartment complex.

Answer: C.

And this has in fact happened.

So why is it that when the government lawyers get involved in a case they think that the answer is “A” only because he property is owned by Yousef instead of Yosef?

And why is is that the same courts that rule “C” for Yosef rule “A” for Yousef?

Well it has nothing to do with the law and absolutely everything to do with the political leanings of the government lawyers and the court judges.

Again. No one is claiming that Yousef should not be compensated – if in fact there is some Yousef out there who legally owned the land (there are some homes slated for demolition on property that no specific person or persons has even been identified as the owner). But that is fair compensation – not demolition of the homes.
Unfortunately, the government lawyers involved in this matter are apparently unable to park their politics at the office entrance. That speaks volumes about them. One could hope that they would be able to do their jobs despite their personal feelings. But we live in an imperfect world and it would be sheer folly to expect them to change anytime soon.

The ball is squarely in PM Netanyahu’s court. He knows what has to be done. This is a problem that won’t go away by itself. Yes, the columnists at Yediot Ahronot, Maariv and Haaretz are going to blast him. But they aren’t the ones who put him in office.

And they won’t be the ones who will keep him in office.

PM to settlers: Don’t build on private land

    After ordering accelerated construction of 2,000 housing units in east Jerusalem and West Bank, Netanyahu tells Likud faction building must be conducted legally. Minister Steinitz: Razing immoral

    After announcing his intention to set up a team that would examine the possibility of retroactively legalizing construction in some West Bank outposts, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday, “The effort should focus on bolstering the communities, not clashing with the law. It is forbidden to build on anyone’s private land.”
    Speaking to members of the Likud faction, Netanyahu said: “Last week I ordered accelerated construction of 2,000 housing units – this is the best way to strengthen the (settlement enterprise). We are acting, not talking. I was pleased with the feedback I received. These territories will remain under Israel’s sovereignty in any agreement. “We must build in accordance with the law, thus strengthening the Land of Israel. There is no contradiction between the (settlement enterprise) and upholding the law,” Netanyahu added.
    Education Minister Gideon Sa’ar said he objects to the destruction of outposts in the West Bank because, according to him, there is “no proof of ownership and because the structures were erected by the state in good faith.

    “The homes were built by the government, and destroying them would be the wrong solution,” he added.

    Knesset members Miri Regev and Yariv Levin also criticized Netanyahu’s remarks, with Levin claiming that “judicial elements are dictating a political viewpoint that is preventing the government from governing. There is a simple solution to the problem, and the government must not destroy (outposts).”

    Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz said during the meeting, “(The State) builds homes, a Palestinian casts doubt (over their legality) and someone petitions the High Court of Justice. It is enough that someone casts the slightest doubt for the State to become defensive and seal the communities’ fate.”

    Netanyahu responded by saying: “Why must I destroy these homes? Is it required (from a legal standpoint)? I can offer compensation.”
    Steinitz continued to say that “we are making families miserable – not for a peace agreement and not for justice. It is morally and legally wrong. As someone who has researched the events at Amona – we will be subjecting ourselves to unnecessary tension and division.”
    MK Tzipi Hotovely told the Likud faction meeting that “the attempts to present the outposts issue as one that is related to upholding the law are misleading. It is a political issue. For the majority (of Likud faction members) razing outposts is a red line. Ten MKs said they would not vote with the government unless the outposts issue is resolved.”

    “We must pass a law that would legalize all the lands (in the West Bank),” Hotovely added.

    Earlier Monday, a number of MKs and rabbis held a meeting during which they agreed that political pressure must be applied to prevent the razing of outpost homes.

    “You are the ones who will have to carry the burden,” Rabbi Dov Lior told the MKs. Also on Monday, IDF soldiers and police officers were attacked while clearing the ruins of three illegal structures which were razed at the Oz Zion outpost. Twelve people were arrested, including seven teenagers, for hurling stones, assaulting police officers, and violating a closed military zone order.

    During last week’s Likud faction meeting Minister Yuli Edelstein and a number of other party members, including ministers Moshe Ya’alon, Gilad Erdan and Limor Livnat, urged the government to refrain from evacuating and razing Jewish-owned homes in the West Bank.

    In accordance with its pledge to the High Court of Justice, the State is expected to begin a series of razings and evacuations at a number of outposts. Some 85 permanent housing units in Migron, Givat Assaf and Beit-El’s Ulpana neighborhood are slated for destruction.

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  1. Netanyahu is a duplicitous swindler who can’t drive the Jews out of Yehuda and Shomron so he’s doing it piecemeal a few houses at a time while placing nationalist Jews on administrative arrest or ordering them out of their towns for months at a time so they can’t go home and care for their families. His persecution of Jews will bring him down with the treasonous leftist Likud party

  2. IN the absence of negotiations and the breach of the oslo accords it is folly to delay Israels development on arab whims. This position keeps feeding the lie that the land belongs to the arabs. Israeli law should be extended over entire west bank with limited autonomy for the arabs. It is becoming apparent, even ignoring Israels rightful claims, that creating a hostile jew free apartheid arab state in the middle of Israel is insane. The prior creatons of gaza and jordan have proven this fact. This is the most practical solution for allowing the arabs to remain on jewish land.

  3. Just a standard Netanyahu smoke screen.
    His aggregate WILL not build much, slow or fast, and if at all at WHO CARES lands.
    But at all times he will be destroying Jewish homes.
    By proxy of course, Barak’s bestial entities will do the actual destruction.
    Netanyahu talks about building as he talks about everything else w/o effect, including Iran, but we will see only destruction of Jewish homes.

  4. If A builds a house on B’s land, knowing it is B’s land, the house becomes B’s
    If he builds on B’s land, reasonably believing it is his own, then the courts should attempt to reach a fair solution, which usually would be for A to compensate B.
    Where the title to the land is uncertain, I would favour the solution put forward by Alan Jacob. It should not be beyond the wit of the Knesset to legislate for a simple solution.

  5. All must adhere to the law of the land, however should no owner be traced who may own the land, a notification should be published and advertised for a fixwd period, say 6 months, asking for any owner to come forward and present proof of ownership. If no one claims the land, then a licence could be issued to build accordingly.