A first machlokes has already erupted between Likud and Bayit Yehudi as Minister of Defense (Likud) Moshe Ya’alon is unwilling to relinquish control of the Civil Administration in Yehuda and Shomron to Deputy Minister of Defense (Bayit Yehudi) Eli Ben-Dahan. Bayit Yehudi expects to control the Civil Administration, which is the authority that decides to remove outposts and raze illegal structures throughout Yehuda and Shomron. Clearly Bayit Yehudi wants authority for that body to change government policy vis-à-vis outposts and yet-unauthorized structures in Jewish communities throughout those areas.
Ya’alon’s decision is in contradiction to the coalition agreement with the dati leumi party, which has been given control of the Civil Administration. Ya’alon and Ben-Dahan met on Sunday 28 Iyar in the hope of reaching agreement, but they were unsuccessful. Ya’alon explains the situation in Yehuda and Shomron is sensitive and it must be handled as such and therefore, he does not agree to hand over the Civil Administration to Ben-Dahan’s jurisdiction.
It may now depend on Bayit Yehudi’s response to the coalition violation as to which of the two will control the Civil Administration during the tenure of the 20th Knesset.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)