Legal advisor to the Israeli government, Avihai Mandelblit, submitted a legal response, last week, to the petitions being discussed in the Supreme Court against the "Settlement Law", which calls for regulating the legal status of the settlement outposts in the West Bank and the voiding of their legitimacy by means of abolishing.

Despite his candid opposition to the ‘’Settlement Law’’, Mr. Mandelblit presented another legal opinion for a separate case last week, which was confirmed human rights organisations as equivalent to a past precedent sought to enforce by the law last February.

Mandelbelt declared an approved confiscation of private Palestinian land in order to build a road to reach the illegal settlement outpost of ‘’Horcha’’, which is located on private Palestinian land near the settlement of Talmon in the Ramallah area. This declaration was made in the context of an unprecedented legal opinion published at the request of Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked ("The Jewish House").

These facts proved that while Mandelblit opposed the enactment of the Settlement Law within a legal cover corresponding to a strategic policy; he explained that the legitimization of the settlements was an acceptable goal and that his opposition to the law came further to the fact that Israel now has the tools to achieve such goals of confiscating private Palestinian land given to settlers "in good faith." Israeli analysis conceived those steps as an apartheid policy, yet in ‘’disguise’’ under a legal cover.

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Saturday, October 23, 2021


The Palestinian Forum for Israeli Studies (MADAR) is an independent research centre specialising in Israeli affairs, based in Ramallah, Palestine. MADAR was established in 2000 by a group of Palestinian intellectuals and academics, including the late poet Mahmoud Darwish, Dr. Lily Feidy, Dr. Ali Jarbawi, Dr. Ahmad Harb, Mr. Walid Al-Ahmad and Mr. Akram Haniyyeh. The centre was registered as a not-for-profit organisation with the Palestinian Ministry of Interior, and obtained a research centre’s operational licensing from the Palestinian Ministry of Information.