Justice Minister: Apply Israeli law to Judea-Samaria within 1 year

Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked on Sunday said she is pushing to have Israeli law apply to Judea and Samaria within one year.

Shaked made the comments while being interviewed on stage at a conference in Jerusalem organized by the Legal Forum for the Land of Israel, in spite of prior vehement opposition to the idea by the Justice Ministry bureaucracy, including former attorney-general Yehuda Weinstein.

Asked about the Hok Hanormot or “Normalizing Law,” for making Israeli law apply to Judea and Samaria, she replied, “I established a joint committee along with the Defense Ministry to work on legislation for Judea and Samaria, with essentially the purpose being that ultimately any law which was passed in the Knesset will either apply to Judea and Samaria by virtue of the legislation itself or by an order of the general [who legislates in Judea and Samaria] or by any other manner which is considered appropriate.”

She continued, “And I tell you, second, that as justice minister, I will give this priority, I have dedicated to this staff, that there should be a real thought-out legislative process…I repeat again that this might be by virtue of a general’s order as has been done until now.”

“But until now this has not been done sufficiently and not promptly enough. Most of the laws are very narrow. Whereas law about the environment, about workplace law do not apply in Judea and Samaria. And my purpose ultimately is by one year from now, that every law that is passed in the Knesset, will automatically be translated either by a general’s order or by regular legislation into applying to Judea and Samaria.”