Barak’s Hevron Ultimatum Leaves Him Silent (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu 04/03/12)
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Defense Minister Ehud Barak has silently backed down from his threat
to expel 15 Jewish families from Hevron at 3 p.m. He may have boxed
himself in a corner.
He has remained silent for several hours after his ministry spokesmen
reiterated that the 3 p.m. deadline remains for the Jewish families
to leave voluntarily or face police expulsion from the three-story
building they bought last week from an Arab.
Hevron’s Arab mayor has claimed that the deed of sale is fraudulent,
but even left-wing Meretz Knesset Members admit that the transaction
was above board and legal. The sticking point is the claim by Barak
and senior IDF officers that a Jewish presence in the building is a
threat to security.
Technically, no sale of property to Jews in Judea and Samaria can be
carried out without Barak’s approval, but practically speaking, his
agreement is not needed.
Following disputes on the prospect of destruction of Jewish homes at
Migron and the Ulpana neighborhood in Beit El, Barak may have assumed
there would be enough division among Likud ministers that he could
carry out the expulsion of Jews in Hevron.
If so, he has been proven wrong.
A parade of ministers and Knesset Members has voiced strong support
for the residents of the newly purchased house, and Minister Yisrael
Katz visited the home Tuesday morning and placed a mezuzah there.
Minister Limor Livnat also arrived, along with Likud Knesset Tzipi
Hotovely, and all of them vowed that “there will be no expulsion.”
The stand-off has evolved into a political drama, with the outcry of
Likud leaders far louder than voices of opposition. Shaul Mofaz, new
leader of the Kadima party, has said nothing, and coalition partners
Yisrael Beiteinu and Shas also have been relatively silent.
Barak has found himself alone, and as of 30 minutes past his
ultimatum, Hevron Jewish community spokesmen David Wilder told Arutz
Sheva, “Everything is quiet.” He said there are no signs of massive
police forces preparing to expel the Jewish families.
(IsraelNationalNews © 2012 04/03/12)
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