Legal Officials: Israeli Government's Request to Delay West Bank Outpost Evacuation 'Breaks the Rules'

In rare move, Israeli government is set to request that the High Court of Justice postpone the scheduled evacuation of Beit El's Ulpana neighborhood.

The Israeli government, in a rare move, is set to request that the High Court of Justice cancel a finalized decision.

With instructions from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as well as ministers on the panel for settlement issues, Vice Prime Minister Moshe Yaalon, Defense Minister Ehud Barak, and Benny Begin, the State Attorney will request that the High Court of Justice postpone the execution of a decision to evacuate and dismantle five structures that were built on Palestinian land in the Ulpana neighborhood in Beit El.

The Ulpana neighborhood in Beit El.
Emil Salman

The request differs from previous cases, in which requests were made to postpone court decisions. This request is meant to allow for the government to propose an alternative solution for the issue of Beit El's Ulpana neighborhood - a solution that would not be in line with the court's previous decision.

The court decision reached roughly a year ago requires that the government execute the evacuation order by Tuesday, May 1. The ruling reached was in agreement with the position then held by the government. 

Nevertheless, because of the far-reaching political ramifications of the evacuation order, the government reversed its position on the issue.

According to legal experts, the government's request represents a problematic move - breaking the accepted rules for the relationship between the executive and judicial branches - that will put the country in a difficult position.

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