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  'Ulpana to serve as unity government's first test'
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Last EditedPicimpalious  May 09, 2012 02:40am
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AuthorMoran Azulay
News DateWednesday, May 9, 2012 10:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionThe controversy over the impending eviction of Ulpana, a neighborhood built on contested land in the West Bank settlement of Beit El, is likely to become the new unity government's first test, political analysts ventured Wednesday.

On Monday, the High Court denied the State's petition to review the case and postpone the area's evacuation, imposing a July 1 deadline for its razing.

In his ruling, Chief Justice Asher Grunis admonished the State, saying that "It is in the State's proceedings vis-à-vis the High Court that its commitment to upholding the principles of law, is measured."

The decision enraged the Right, with several Likud ministers urging Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to pursue legislation that would circumvent the court's ruling.

While Netanyahu and Kadima Chairman Shaul Mofaz reached various ideological agreements as part of the unity government agreement – most notably regarding an alternative to Tal Law and a change in the system of government – the two parties are divided on Ulpana.
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