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Tuesday, January 06, 2004

Is Sharon Declaring War on Yesha?

Arutz Sheva: Defense Ministry officials have instructed the IDF to verify the legality of many Yesha (Judea, Samaria & Gaza) communities, apparently increasing efforts to uproot yishuvim in addition to the “unauthorized outposts”.

The first two names to appear on the list are Neguhot, a small community in the Hevron Hills, and Palgei Mayim, a neighborhood in the Shomron community of Eli, located in the Gush Shilo area of the Benjamin Regional Council district.

Neguhot began in 1982 as an army Nahal outpost while Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was serving as defense minister. In 1998, Sharon in his capacity as national infrastructure minister converted it into a civilian community.

The Palgei Mayim neighborhood of Eli began as an unauthorized outpost that was removed by the army. Repeated attempts to resettle the hill were eventually successful and last year, ten permanent homes were constructed in the area with funding from government agencies, alongside over 20 caravans. There are over 30 families living in the neighborhood of Eli, now about 500 families.

The IDF’s Civil Administration has also been instructed to verify the legal status of Givat Salit, a ten caravan community in the Jordan Valley region, as well as Tekoa Daled, in the eastern Gush Etzion district.

Deputy Defense Minister Ze’ev Boim confirmed that the army has been instructed to verify the legality of many communities, varying in size and age, but he was unwilling to list names.
See also Cabinet Decision Bends Before American Dictates and Government Prepares to Uproot 28 More Outposts

Yesha Council Rally tonight
The Yesha Council, in conjunction with other organizations, has announced a major political rally to be held this Monday night at 7 PM in Rabin Square in Tel Aviv.

The theme of the event: "Israel Does Not Want to Fold."