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Minister of Strategic Affairs Moshe “Bogie” Yaalon (Likud), said that evacuating the Ulpana neighborhood in the West Bank settlement of Beit El may lead to the dissolution of the government coalition. “We have said that we must not remove the neighborhood,” said Yaalon. “This is a neighborhood of 15 buildings with six apartments in each building, of completely normative people, and all of a sudden they are being told off because a Palestinian claimed the land belongs to him.” The High Court ruled that the state must evacuate the neighborhood by May 1, but Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked the State Prosecutor’s Office to examine whether a motion could be made to the High Court to further delay the evacuation order.
Israel is considering punitive measures towards the Palestinian Authority, after the UN Human Rights Council decided to form an internationl committee to investigate the Israeli settlements in the West Bank, a decision proposed and advanced by the PA. According to a high-ranked Israeli official, at least three ministers of the eight-minister forum support freezing the Palestinian tax revenues collected by Israel for the PA – Minister of Foreign Affairs Avigdor Lieberman (Yisrael Beiteinu), Minister of Finance Yuval Steinitz (Likud) and Minister of Strategic Affairs Moshe Yaalon (Likud).