Weekly Commentary: Likud MK Yariv Levin Gives Permanent Veto On Application
of Israeli Law to Judea and Samaria?
Dr. Aaron Lerner 5 September, 2020
"We are not operating in a void but rather in a reality where there are
repeated attempts to hurt us in the (International) Court (of Justice) in
The Hague and other institutions, and more than I fear for the sanctions I
fear for what this will do do broad sections of the Israeli public."
Likud MK and Speaker of the Knesset Yariv Levin explaining in an interview
published on 4 September 2020 why Israel has declined to apply Israeli law
to Judea and Samaria.
#1. In sharp contrast to the United Nations Security Council, the United
States of America has no veto power over the decisions of the International
Court of Justice in The Hague nor the other institutions which Mr. Levin
apparently has in mind. Therefore, rather than explaining why Israel
required American support to apply Israeli law to Judea and Samaria, Mr.
Levin is suggesting that Israel will NEVER be in a position to apply Israeli
law to Judea and Samaria without the explicit consent of the Palestinians.
#2. Attorney Levin's decision to publicly mentioning this consideration
BEFORE the International Court of Justice in The Hague issues its pending
ruling in principle as to whether they are the venue for cases relating to
Israel in Judea and Samaria is in effect an open invitation tor the Court to
rule that they are the venue!
#3. It is noteworthy that this very same argument was used to explain Prime
Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's last minute decision to cancel a high profile
special meeting of the ministers to vote to apply Israeli law to the Jordan
Valley in 2019.
If Yariv Levin, who is certainly one of the closest people to Binyamin
Netanyahu today, has no qualms pitching this argument, then all verbiage
aside, there is absolutely NO INTENTION TO EVER APPLY ISRAELI LAW to any
location in Judea and Samaria by Binyamin Netanyahu.
"We delayed the Supreme Planning Council of Judea and Samaria (MTA) because
we thought that we would execute the matter of sovereignty. Now we are
preparing plans for the MTA which will be very significant and without
distinguishing between construction in the blocs and outside of the blocs."
Levin promised in the interview.
The reporter failed to ask when those plans are slated for approval at an
MTA meeting (the MTA hasn't met for over half a year).
Approval of plans at an MTA meeting would be the true proof that a building
freeze is not in place.
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