The Israeli Supreme Court has approved Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit’s request to delay the implementation of the Regulation Law, which aims to legalize settlements in the West Bank.

Regulation Law delayed

Regulation Law delayed Photo credit: Noam Moskovitz/ Flash 90/ Channel 2 News

Today (Thursday), Israeli Supreme Court judge Neal Hendel issued an interim order to delay the implementation of the Regulation Law that is aimed to provide a legal solution to the settlements in the West Bank. The significance of the decision is that another meeting will take place, as requested by Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit, who is opposed to the law.

Mandelblit is requesting the implementation of a procedural arrangement. According to this arrangement, registration, land rights, allocation and planning will not be carried out and the enforcement and administrative orders will be frozen. Judge Hendel has allowed the Knesset to respond to the petition within a month.


Mandelblit Photo credit: Mark Salem/ Flash 90/ Channel 2 News

The law is supposed to enable the State to expropriate Palestinian land on which Israeli settlement outposts were built. According to the Defense Ministry, the law will actually benefit Palestinians more than Israelis.

As part of the controversial law, which was passed by the Knesset in February, the State will have to compensate the landowners with an amount that is higher than the value of the land or give them alternative land of the same size.