The Tide Is Turning: New Settlement Authorized in Samaria (JEWISH PRESS) By: Jewish Press Staff 08/14/12)
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Bruchin outpost in Samaria was officially recognized as a legal
settlement on Sunday with the signing of an order to that effect by
head of the IDF Central Command Maj.-Gen. Nitzan Alon.
The community, home to over 100 families and located approximately 18
miles from Tel Aviv between Ariel and Rosh Ha´ayin, is now under the
jurisdiction of the Samaria Regional Council.
The signing of the order was more of a technicality, as Alon was
merely implementing the directive of the Israeli government, which
decided in April to retroactively legalize the status of three
outposts in Judea and Samaria — Bruchin, Rehelim and Sansana. Rehelim
and Sansana are yet to be authorized.
Many in the international community – including the US, the EU, and
the UN - condemned the Israeli government´s decision at the time.
Bruchin was founded in 1998 on state land, and was identified as an
illegal outpost in the 2005 Sasson Report, which was headed by former
State Prosecutor and future Meretz candidate Talia Sasson. The report
found that Israeli government agencies had channeled large sums of
money to fund the construction of outposts and settlements in
violation of Israeli law, and more specifically, that $785,000 was
spent on construction in Bruchin. Building in Bruchin has been frozen
since the release of the Sasson Report.
“This is a day of celebration for the state of Israel and for
Zionism,” Samaria Regional Council head Gershon Mesika told Army
Radio. “The prime minister ended years of injustice by making the
logical decision.” JTA content was used in this report. (© 2012
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