Mitzpe Yitzhar demolition 311.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
The Yesha Council and Ramat Gilad residents reached an agreement with
the government that will prevent the destruction of the outpost, Army
Radio reported on Tuesday morning. The deal allowed for the outpost to
be considered part of Karnei Shomron on the condition that five of its
ten caravans be relocated from a disputed area.
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Dani Dayan, who heads the Council of Jewish Communities of Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip, explained on Tuesday morning that attacks carried out last week by right-wing settlers almost led to the cancellation of the plan.
agreements were already 95 percent ready on Monday night, before the
attacks," Dayan said. "Suddenly, Defense Minister Ehud Barak created a
provocation of preparing forces to evacuate Ramat Gilad and that's what
led to the violence."
Moshe Zar, who claimed to own a portion of
the property on which the outpost is constructed, said of the deal, "We
are willing to come to an agreement in order to avoid clashes with the
IDF, Police and Border Patrol. We are ready to give up [land] even
though it is in complete contradiction with our ideology."
A defense official clarified that the agreement is still not finalized.
The state had promised to remove those caravan homes
on the outpost
constructed on land classified by the state as private Palestinian
property in response to a petition by Peace Now to the High Court of
The outpost was constructed in 2001, in memory of Zar’s son, Gilad, who
was killed in a drive-by shooting by Palestinians that same year. The
outpost is home to 10 families, but some of the homes are on state land.
Tovah Lazaroff contributed to this report.