Deadline for Evacuation of Hebron House Passes Without Implementation (JEWISH PRESS) By: Solomon Burke 04/03/12)
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The 3 p.m. deadline for the evacuation of the newly-settled house in
Hebron passed without implementation of the order.
No statement has been released by Defense Minister Ehud Barak or the
Defense Ministry in the few hours since the ministry reiterated that
the deadline was still in effect.
According to reports in major Israeli news outlets, Netanyahu had
asked Defense Minister Ehud Barak to delay the eviction “to allow the
settlers to pursue action through legal channels.” The request was
later subject to much confusion, as the tenants were led to believe
that Netanyahu had asked to revoke the order, while the Defense
Ministry asserted that the Prime Minister simply requested that the
tenants be permitted to prove their case to the authorities before
the order is to be implemented.
“The Prime Minister’s request was misinterpreted. The order was not
withdrawn,” a Defense Ministry statement said. “The settlers were
given until 3 p.m. to prove what they need to prove. If they fail,
the law will be enforced.” Still, sources in the Defense Ministry
clarified that “additional considerations” are now being examined on
how to perform the evacuation and at what time to implement it.
Shlomo Levinger, a resident of and spokesman for the house said that
the house was legally acquired and all the documents to prove it have
been given to the Civil Administration of Judea and Samaria.
Nationalist MKs have offered their support of the Hebron house and
its residents. Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz visited the house
on Tuesday morning and helped put up a mezuza in the entryway. “If
someone was disputing the legality of the purchase, it would be a
different situation,” Katz said. “A decision on such a move should be
undertaken by the government and not just by one ministry. Barak does
not alone decide on evacuations.”
Likud MK Tzipi Hotovely also visited the house and said that
the “Defense Minister cannot make political provocations concerning
our right to Eretz Israel…The residents will Residents in celebrate
the Passover Seder here, as well as many holidays to come.”
Meanwhile, Hebron’s mayor Khaled Osaily told Israel Army Radio that
the purchase was a sham. “It’s all fake,” he said, “The person who
sold the house to the settlers is not the owner.” (© 2012
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