Skip To Content
JEWISH. INDEPENDENT. NONPROFIT.
Breaking News

Moving Settlement Passes Legal Test: Expert

An internationally renowned Israeli expert has stated that a plan to relocate a West Bank neighborhood to state-owned military zone is legally sound.

According to Professor Yoram Dinstein of Tel Aviv University, the relocation of the Ulpana neighborhood in the settlement of Beit El to a nearby military zone captured by the IDF in 1970 will stand the test of Israel’s High Court, as it would be implemented for the purposes of security. This based on the fact that in 1979, Israel’s High Court accepted the argument that Beit El was built for the purpose of security, and that its existence is tied to the security needs of the military.

Dinstein was hastily summoned to Jerusalem on Sunday for meetings between the Prime Minister’s Office, the Defense Ministry and Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein.

During the discussions Dinstein stated that the High Court would most likely not intervene in such a move, as he believes that there is no difference between the need to protect the residents of Beit El in the large territory that was captured for military purposes in the 1970s, and that of today. He added that it is enough that the IDF announce its presence in the military zone in order to allow the move.

For more, go to Haaretz.com

I hope you appreciated this article. Before you go, I’d like to ask you to please support the Forward’s award-winning, nonprofit journalism during this critical time.

Now more than ever, American Jews need independent news they can trust, with reporting driven by truth, not ideology. We serve you, not any ideological agenda.

At a time when other newsrooms are closing or cutting back, the Forward has removed its paywall and invested additional resources to report on the ground from Israel and around the U.S. on the impact of the war, rising antisemitism and the protests on college campuses.

Readers like you make it all possible. Support our work by becoming a Forward Member and connect with our journalism and your community.

Make a gift of any size and become a Forward member today. You’ll support our mission to tell the American Jewish story fully and fairly. 

— Rachel Fishman Feddersen, Publisher and CEO

Join our mission to tell the Jewish story fully and fairly.

Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.