Israeli Ministers Unanimously Approve Bill to Legalize West Bank Outposts

Israel’s Ministerial Committee for Legislation unanimously approved a bill on 13th November that would retroactively legalize outposts in the West Bank, despite Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s objection and Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit’s position on the issue.

Mendelblit told committee members that the bill contradicts international law and that he would be unable to defend it in the High Court of Justice. The bill would have to pass several readings in the Knesset to become law.


The controversial bill to retroactively legalize outposts built on private Palestinian land, also known as the “Formalization Bill,” would see the state expropriate the right to use private Palestinian land rather than take ownership of it. The law would only apply to settlements in which the government was involved in their establishment. This process will allow the settlers living there to use the argument of having acted in good faith. Palestinians who prove their ownership over such land will receive financial compensation.

Story in Haaretz by Jonathan Lis, Chaim Levinson and Yotam Berger

Nov 13, 2016 8:30 PM
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