Israel's attorney general, Yehuda Weinstein, has asked the supreme court to delay an order to evacuate and demolish five apartment complexes at Ulpana, on the outskirts of the Beit El settlement. The deadline for the evacuation is Tuesday (tomorrow).
The Israeli government had earlier given a commitment to carry out the demolition, saying that it did not approve settlement construction on private land. However, vigorous lobbying by pro-settler Likud members and some government ministers has led prime minister Netanyahu to 'reconsider' the situation.
Most settlements in the West Bank are built on land taken over by the state of Israel during its 45-year occupation of Palestine. But under international law, all settlements on occupied territory are illegal, which means the majority.