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The West Bank outpost champion

By advancing the regularization bill for legalizing West Bank outposts, HaBayit HaYehudi Chair Naftali Bennett shows the settlers that he is fighting for their cause.
Houses are seen in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Maale Adumim as the Palestinian village of Al-Eizariya is seen in the background May 24, 2016. REUTERS/Baz Ratner - RTX2EZIG
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Chairman of HaBayit HaYehudi Naftali Bennett may have scored a victory over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman on the evening of Nov. 13, when the Ministerial Committee for Legislation approved the regularization law proposal — but it was just a tactical win.

Bennett did boast after the voting was over that it was “a historic move of regulating settlements in the West Bank,” but he also knows that the new law will never stand the test of a Supreme Court appeal. State Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit warned the committee members yet again that he could not defend the law before the Supreme Court, not least because it violates international law.

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