Israel President Reuven Rivlin - ‘New Law Could Make Israel Look like an Apartheid State’
Feb 13, 2017 01:07 AM EST
The president of Israel Reuven Rivlin made a statement on Sunday saying that Outpost Law makes Israel like an "Apartheid State." The reason behind it is the Regulation Law that legalizes Israel settlements, but mostly these settlements are believed to be built illegally on privately owned Palestinian land.
Reuven Rivlin made it clear when said that the state of Israel has accepted international law, he further stated that this does not allow a country acting according to it to apply, these laws cannot be enforced in territories that are not under its sovereignty reported the Times of Israel.
According to the president Reuven Rivlin, this can cause Israel to be seen as an apartheid state, which it is actually not. On the other hand the government of Israel is not allowed to apply the laws of Knesset on territories, which do not belong under the state sovereignty reported Forward.
According to reports, the Regulation Law that was passed by Knesset on February 6 allows the state to take over private Palestinian land where settlements or outposts were built. As for the landowners who are aware of it they are entitled to receive compensation.
A Spokesperson from president Reuven's office declined to comment on the report, it is believed that the law will legalize around 3,900 homes out of which 800 would be unauthorized outposts. Reuven Rivlin, who was a former lawmaker from the ruling Likud Party, had warned against a bill that was proposed by some right-wing MKs that would weaken the high court's power to review legislation.
The Tourism Minster Yariv Lavin also said that judges should not have the authority to overturn laws made by democratically elected parliamentarians. He further added that judges deciding if they like the law or not is not democratic and not correct. As for now everyone awaits for the self selected judges to arrive at a conclusion.