Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wants the Cabinet to adopt sections of the controversial Levy settlements report, but Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein is reluctant to approve such a move.
The Levy report, released in early July and named after the report’s author retired Supreme Court Justice Edmond Levy, recommended legalizing unauthorized Jewish settlements in the West Bank and declares Israel’s presence in the territory legal according to international law.
Weinstein, according to Army Radio, is not happy with the legal phrasing of the report and feels that implementation of its recommendations during the election period would be detrimental to the democratic process.
Opposition leader Shaul Mofaz (Kadima) asked the attorney general to prevent Netanyahu from putting the report up for a Cabinet vote, saying that it would “tether the hands” of the next government. Mofaz also claimed that the current government is essentially serving as an “interim government” until the elections, and therefore lacks the authority to make drastic decisions with such far-reaching ramifications.
On Wednesday, Defense Minister Ehud Barak said that Netanyahu’s apparent move to implement parts of the Levy Report would be a “grave mistake” for Israel, and could cause the country significant damage in the international arena.