Shaked’s ‘fast track’panel aims to legalize West Bank outposts

Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked formed a committee on Tuesday to “address the legal status of West Bank lands” – a subtext for legalizing outposts currently considered illegal.

In her announcement, the justice minister noted a provision in the coalition agreement between her Bayit Yehudi party and the Likud according to which such a committee would be quickly established and would make fast-track recommendations in a mere 60 days. Often state committees dealing with such controversial and high-profile issues take a year or more to consider an issue and their conclusions are swept under the rug.

The committee will be led by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s cabinet secretary, Avichai Mandelblit, and include Agriculture Ministry director-general Shlomo Ben-Eliyahu, Defense Ministry Legal Adviser Ahaz Ben-Ari and attorney Hagai Vinitzki.


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