After Ulpana Hill, the next West Bank outposts on Israel´s agenda (HAŽARETZ NEWS) By Jonathan Lis 06/08/12)
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With the government announcing plans to legalize 13 of the 18 West
Bank settlement outposts against which petitions to the High Court of
Justice have been filed, the fates of a number of outposts hang in
While the government has already approved the legalization of 13 of
the outposts, five cannot be legalized, because they are located on
privately-owned Palestinian land, and are slated for evacuation.
The first of these is the Ulpana outpost, which the High Court has
ruled, will be evacuated by the beginning of July, and Migron, which
will be evacuated by August.
The government promised the court that Givat Assaf would be evacuated
at about the same time as Ulpana, meaning by July 1. But unlike in
the case of Ulpana and Migron, the court has not yet issued a final
ruling on the petition against this outpost, though one is expected
Givat Assaf, which is next to Migron, was built on regulated private
Palestinian land, and is home to 25 families.
The government also promised the High Court that it would evacuate
the Amona outpost by the end of 2012. Amona is next to the settlement
of Ofra, built on private regulated Palestinian land, and home to 50
Along with these outposts, the state has still not announced definite
timetables for the evacuation or legalization of two further
outposts: Mitzpe Kramim, home to 50 families, and Hayovel, which the
government plans to legalize, only later to demolish the houses built
there on private Palestinian land.
The state told the High Court that it plans to legalize the Haresha
outpost, and declared the land that the outpost was built on to be
Ma´ale Rehav´am, Mitzpe Lachish, Haroe, Ramat Gilad, and Mitzpe
Yitzhar will be legalized, according to the government´s
announcement, although a number of buildings built on private land in
Ramat Gilad and Mitzpeh Yitzhar have been demolished.
At the same time, the state has already started regulating the
outposts at Bruchin, Sansana, and Rachalim, Givat Havbrecha and Shvut
Rachel. As for the Derech Ha´avot outpost, the state has promised to
investigate whether or not there is any land that needs to be decided
upon. (© Copyright 2012 Ha´aretz 06/08/12)
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