“A fight over the regulation of settlements becomes a fight over the character of Israel”

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Israel’s Constitutional Identity Crisis
by Caroline Glick
December 2, 2016

Israel’s coalition crisis over the settlements regulation bill is not a normal power struggle between overweening politicians. It is not popularity contest between Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon and his Kulanu Party and Education Minister Naftali Bennett and his Bayit Yehudi Party. It is also not about contenders for the helm challenging Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s political primacy. The settlement regulation bill proposes to extend the authority of the Military Government in Judea and Samaria to seize privately owned land. That authority is now limited to seizure for military purposes. The bill would allow the Military Government to seize land for the purpose of private construction as well. READ MORE

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