Professor Yisrael Aumann visited Israeli hunger strikers in Jerusalem who are protesting the decision to evacuate
the Ulpana neighborhood
and advised the residents not to forcefully oppose the eviction. "You need to lie on the ground and let them evacuate one by one. If there are thousands it will take them a long time," he said.
Aumann, recipient of the 2005 Nobel Prize
in Economics, criticized the decision. He said it not only jeopardizes "the Judea and Samaria settlement but the entire country. The real Jewish settlement has always been in Judea and Samaria, not Tel Aviv and Gedera.
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"It jeopardizes our entire presence here." Aumann added that this eviction will effect generations to come.
Over the weekend, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced his decision to evacuate Beit El's Ulpana neighborhood and opposed legislation circumventing the High Court of Justice on the matter. Netanyahu plans to have the houses moved and not demolished, and have 10 houses built for each one to be evacuated.
Ulpana residents protest in Jerusalem (Photo: Ohad Zwigenberg)
The move drew sharp criticism from rightist MKs who announced their plans to put up a bill circumventing the High Court to a Knesset vote this week.
Yair Lapid, chairman of the Yesh Atid party said on his Facebook page that the evacuation of the Ulpana neighborhood was "a tragedy in which good Israelis, including good Zionists, are turned out of their homes."
Nevertheless, Lapid wrote, "this is not a debate between Right and Left... but about the rule of law. If we cling to life, the state must be able to stand before citizens and say 'Yes, sometimes I will make decisions you don't like.'"