Israel, settlers reach deal on outpost neighbourhood (AFP) AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE) 06/20/12)
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The Israeli government and residents of an outpost neighbourhood
agreed on the peaceful evacuation of five buildings ahead of an
imminent demolition order, a Wednesday statement from the premier´s
On Sunday, a new forum of ministers aimed at preempting any possible
future court challenges to settlement outposts in the West Bank was
formed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and headed by him.
The committee´s first meeting on Wednesday was dedicated to the
Ulpana neighbourhood of Beit El, home to 30 families which Israel´s
High Court has ordered razed by July 1 because it is built on private
"In accordance with the solution that has been agreed upon with the
residents, the five buildings will be moved," the statement
read. "Until the move is completed, the residents will live in mobile
homes into which it will be possible to move next week."
The statement also noted that the state would request the court "to
allow three months for the structures to be moved from their present
Earlier this month Netanyahu blocked the passing of a law that would
have prevented the demolition of the Ulpana buildings. Later in the
day Netanyahu announced his intention to build 851 new living units
in the West Bank, 300 of them within Beit El.
Israeli police were bracing for violent confrontations with settlers
opposed to the Ulpana evacuation. The Wednesday agreement,
acknowledged by the residents in a statement, will likely diminish
the chances for unrest. (Copyright © 2012 Agence France Presse.
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