Israel Ministers approve bill to empower WZO Settlement Division

June 12, 2018
Peace Now: “This bill is a hint at the government’s direction”

Houses in Shvut Rachel, a West Bank Jewish settlement located close to the Jewish settlement of Shilo, near Ramallah

Lahav Harkov writes in The Jerusalem Post:

A proposal to regulate the World Zionist Organization Settlement Division’s authority to manage land in Judea and Samaria received the Ministerial Committee for Legislation’s approval Sunday.

The bill is meant to delineate the responsibilities of the Settlement Division, which serves as the government’s construction arm in rural settlements – meaning smaller towns and agricultural villages in the West Bank – in response to court rulings calling its authority into question.

Bayit Yehudi MK Bezalel Smotrich, who proposed the bill, said it “will give the Settlement Division the tools necessary to manage land in rural settlements in Judea and Samaria as efficiently as possible for the good of the residents and without political pressure and legal obstacles.

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