Netanyahu seeks to adopt Levy report on legality of settlements

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu planned to bring retired Supreme Court Judge Edmond Levy's report concerning the legal status of Israeli construction in Judea and Samaria before his cabinet on Wednesday, seeking to adopt some of its conclusions, Israel Radio reported.

According to the report, a designated team within the Prime Minister's Office recently drafted a proposal on the issue, which will be presented to the government.

The report, which was first exposed by Israel Hayom three months ago, was composed by a committee that included retired Tel Aviv District Court Judge Tchia Shapira and former Foreign Ministry legal adviser Alan Baker, as well as committee chairman Levy. The three submitted their report in June but it wasn't officially released until a month later.

Its main premise was that, under international law, Israel is not an occupying force in Judea and Samaria as it has a legal right to settle there. The report recommended reforming the legal status of the Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria in such a way that would legalize most of the outposts, currently illegal under Israeli law....

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