Netanyahu Asks Barak to Delay Beit Machpelah Eviction (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gabe Kahn 04/02/12)
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has asked Defense Minister Ehud
Barak to delay the eviction of the residents of "Beit Machpelah"
(House of the Patriarchs) in Hebron.
Netanyahu´s request specifically asked Barak to give the 15 Jewish
families in Beit Machpela the opportunity to make their legal case
Last Thursday, some 15 Jewish families from Hebron and the nearby
Kiryat Arba settlement moved into the vacant three-story apartment
The families say they purchased the apartment building from its Arab
owner and moved in immediately because the structure was vacant –
leading to fears local Arabs would take over the building if they
However, Defense Ministry insisted the families do not have the
requisite permits and issued an evacuation order earlier Monday,
giving the families just 24 hours to leave.
The police and IDF Civil Administration were investigating the
legality of the sale when defense ministry officials forced the issue
claiming the families´ presence "disturbs the public order."
Lawmakers from Knesset Land of Israel lobby called on Prime Minister
Binyamin Netanyahu to revoke the IDF order saying the move
was "underhanded" and "unacceptable."
"I ask you to instruct the defense establishment to exercise
discretion before any future action is taken," Interior Minister Eli
Yishai wrote in a letter to Netanyahu.
The government, the interior minister added, should strengthen and
not make life more difficult for Jewish residents of Hebron. "I ask
that you personally review the facts in a fair and balanced fashion."
Education Minister Gideon Sa´ar decried that the IDF decision sought
to preempt a finding of the facts, "if the house was purchased
legally, there is no justification for evacuating the residents."
MK Michael Ben Ari said the IDF´s excuse could be used to evacuate
any Judea and Samaria resident from his or her home at any time.
(IsraelNationalNews © 2012 04/02/12)
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