The IDF is finalizing plans for the evacuation of the Ulpana outpost near the
settlement of Beit El, for which the High Court of Justice has set a deadline of
The army is anticipating significant resistance and for that
reason does not currently plan to announce the date or time of the operation.
Assessments are that it will take place during daylight hours owing to the
difficulties involved in removing 30 families and then demolishing five
multi-story buildings. Also, the IDF does not plan on beginning the evacuation
before the Defense Ministry completes the construction of temporary homes for
the evacuees at a nearby military base.
Planning for the evacuation has
been underway for several weeks, being led by OC Central Command Maj.-Gen.
Nitzan Alon and commander of the Border Police in the West Bank, Brig.-Gen. Uzi
Levy. Defense Minister Ehud Barak has also held a number of meetings to review
Like in previous large-scale evacuations – most recently
the 2006 removal of the Amona outpost – the IDF will work in multiple “circles.”
The outer circle will consist of IDF troops who will be responsible for closing
off the area around Beit El and preventing large numbers of right-wing activists
from reaching the area to bolster resistance to the evacuation.
middle circle will consist of members of the Border Police, who will be
responsible for sealing off the Ulpana neighborhood, which Alon will declare a
closed military zone.
The inner circle will be made up of police who will
carry out the evacuation itself.
The IDF predicts that resistance will be
moderate, although it could escalate depending on the number of outside
supporters who reach the outpost prior to the evacuation.
prepared for a widerange of scenarios,” one defense official said.
IDF and Defense Ministry have held a number of meetings with settler leaders in
recent weeks with the aim of getting a majority of the residents to evacuate on
their own before the end of the month.