The Prime Minister’s office has yet to publicize the committee’s composition. It has said, however, that Netanyahu would head the committee and that Defense Minister Ehud Barak would be a member.
Netanyahu creates settlement committee
Settlers and right wing politicians have long called for Netanyahu to create such a committee, which had existed under past governments.
The move comes amid major political controversy over the West Bank outpost of Ulpana.
Netanyahu plans to relocate five apartment buildings from Ulpana to an authorized tract of land in the Beit El settlement.
The High Court of Justice has ordered the five Ulpana buildings removed by July 1 because they were built on private Palestinian property without the proper permits. Homes on three other outposts — Migron, Amona, Mitzpe Assaf — are slated for removal this year, as a result of petitions by Peace Now and Yesh Din to the High Court of Justice.
MKs Ya’acov Katz and Zevulun Orlev plan to propose outpost bills for a preliminary reading Wednesday which they hope would avert the demolitions and would retroactively legalize unauthorized West Bank Jewish homes, including those in Ulpana.
Netanyahu vowed to fire any ministers who vote for the bills, but has taken strides to portray himself as a champion of settlements within a framework that respects the rule of law and the separation of powers.