In the 45 years that Israel has controlled the territories it conquered in the Six-Day War, Israel has refrained from imposing its law and administration on the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, as it has in East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights. Throughout this time Israel has made wide use of military orders in order to expropriate private, Palestinian-owned land and to classify hundreds of thousands of acres as "state land." These orders have been presented innumerable times in the High Court of Justice in response to petitions from the owners of these lands and from human rights organizations.
Now a panel of jurists, appointed by the Netanyahu government and headed by former Supreme Court Justice Edmond Levy, has turned the whole thing on its head. In a report that could be a list of talking points for the Yesha Council of Jewish settlements, the committee, in effect, annexed the territories to the State of Israel, when it recommended that all Israeli outposts be sanctioned.
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