Settlers peacefully evacuated the Oz Zion outpost on Saturday evening,
after the IDF reached an agreement with Kiryat Arba and Hebron Rabbi
Dov Lior, Channel 2 reported.
On Friday afternoon, prior to the start of the Sabbath, five Border Police officers were lightly injured when some 200 settlers clashed with security forces attempting to evacuate the illegal West Bank outpost.
settlers threw stones at the forces, eventually forcing them to abandon
the evacuation attempt.
As settlers began voluntarily leaving Oz Zion on Saturday evening, Judea and Samaria District Spokesman Dudi Ashraf said that as far as the police are concerned, things are back to normal in the district following the incident.
Ashraf said that only one person was arrested during the clashes – a minor who threw rocks at a YASSAM officer. The minor will be brought to court for a remand hearing on Saturday night he added.
According to Ashraf, police received a call from the army shortly after the settlers arrived at the outpost on Friday, during which the army told them that there was a large group of youths attempting to stay in the outpost over the weekend without their approval and they needed reinforcements to help them remove them from the area.
When YASSAM, Border Police, and IDF troops arrived at the scene, the youths began throwing rocks at them and punctured the tires of a Border Police car.
Ashraf said that the five Border Police officers wounded during the clashes were all lightly wounded by rocks thrown by the youths, and were treated at the scene.
Tzipi Livni attacked Likud and Bayit Yehudi following the incident, saying they bore
the responsibility for a situation in which the IDF and police could
come under attack from settlers.
"The extreme-Right, which has taken control of Likud and Bayit Yehudi
is clashing with IDF soldiers, doing as it pleases in the territories
and forcing the IDF and the police to deal with this instead of
On Saturday, Livni attacked Naftali Bennett, accusing
the Bayit Yehudi leader of instigating in conjunction with "extremist
Rabbis" the clashes between the IDF and residents of the Oz Zion
Livni accused Bennett of creating unrest amongst the settlers, which led to the confrontation.
Yehudi called Livni's comments "unfortunate," claiming that she was
putting words in Bennett's mouth while he was observing the Sabbath and
could not respond. The party charged that Livni was tying Bennett to events to which he had no connection.
Bennett wrote on his Facebook page on Saturday evening that "if there's an illegal outpost that requires evacuation, it can be done on a regular day and not on the Sabbath."
leader Shelly Yacimovich said Saturday that while the decision by
settlers to leave the Oz Zion outpost without a struggle was the right
move to make, it did not erase Friday's attacks against Border Police
"Justice must be pursued against the lawbreakers,"
Yacimovich stated. "This was a grave undermining of the rule of law, and
a challenge to the state, its laws and the IDF, whose strength is
necessary to our existence here."
She added: "We see here a clear
and dangerous expression of the legitimization of refusal to carry out
orders and selective adherence to the rule of law."
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