Netanyahu: No choice but to order Israeli security forces to evacuate settlers from Hebron house (HA´ARETZ NEWS) By Barak Ravid and Tomer Zarchin 04/05/12)
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Following harsh criticism of Defense Minister Ehud Barak by Likud
ministers over the evacuation of a Hebron house on Wednesday, senior
officials in the Prime Minister´s Office said that the evacuation was
carried out after careful coordination between the defense minister
and the prime minister.
Nevertheless, Netanyahu´s aides went on the defensive against right-
wing criticism and said that the prime minister had no choice but to
approve the evacuation out of security and legal consideration.
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman also criticized Barak on
Wednesday, saying authority over issues regarding settlements in
Judea and Samaria must be taken out of Barak´s hands and given to a
committee of ministers. Lieberman even suggested that if no changes
are made in this respect, the coalition´s stability may come under
Earlier on Wednesday, Israeli security forces evacuated Israeli
settlers from the house in a Palestinian neighborhood in Hebron, in a
surprise move that ended an affair that sparked controversy across
Israel and caused a rift in the government.
The IDF said that the evacuation of the settlers, who resided in the
house for more than two weeks, was completed "without any unusual
Lieberman´s criticism of Barak echoed comments made earlier on
Wednesday by Deputy Prime Minister Moshe Ya´alon, who said that Barak
must be stripped of all authority over West Bank settlements.
“Ehud Barak is acting against the government and against the
settlements in Judea and Samaria, all he is doing is fanning the
flames,” Ya´alon said Wednesday during a closed discussion.
"It is imperative to check that the settler’s documents of sale are
not counterfeit. If it turns out that they are in order, the purchase
must be approved and the settlers allowed entry. This is not a
national, or a defense issues, the property rights need to be
checked. Why does the defense minister claim that such a check will
take weeks when it can be done in a few days?” said Ya´alon.
Defense Minister Ehud Barak fired back at Ya´alon on Wednesday,
claiming that the deputy prime minister is making comments against
him out of political considerations.
“Unfortunately, Minister Ya’alon is combining cheap political
concerns with defense decisions, harming the government’s ability to
protect democracy and law and order," officials close to Barak said.
(© Copyright 2012 Ha´aretz 04/05/12)
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