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Wed Jun 6, 2012, 08:50 AM

Netanyahu weathers settlement showdown in parliament

Source: Reuters

Netanyahu weathers settlement showdown in parliament

By Jeffrey Heller

JERUSALEM | Wed Jun 6, 2012 8:07am EDT

(Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu won a battle in parliament on Wednesday over an attempt by far-right legislators to legalize all Jewish settler homes built on private Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank.

The right-wing premier had pledged to abide by a Supreme Court ruling and remove five settler apartment houses erected on disputed tracts in the settlement of Beit El.

Pro-settler legislators tried to stay Netanyahu's hand with a bill that critics said would have challenged the rule of law in Israel by bypassing the Supreme Court and retroactively legalizing those homes and thousands of others like them.

But at Netanyahu's behest, the legislation was voted down by a vote of 69 to 22 in the Knesset, where Netanyahu's coalition controls 94 of 120 seats.

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Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/06/06/us-palestinians-israel-settlements-idUSBRE85508Y20120606

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