Migron Outpost 370.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
For the first time in seven years, settlers have constructed two new West Bank
outposts with utilities, Peace Now charged in a report it released early
The first outpost, North Tzofim, is located outside
the built up area of the Tzofim settlement in the Samaria region.
second outpost, Nahlei Tal, is located outside the built up area of the Talmon
settlement in the Binyamin Region.
Both outposts are located on state
Hagit Ofran of Peace Now said she feared that these two new illegal
Jewish communities are part of a renewed push by the settlement movement to
resume building outposts.
Those efforts have been largely dormant for the
last seven years, Ofran said.
During that time, right-wing activists have
attempted to build fledgling outposts, out of flimsy construction and without
The IDF often demolishes them, in some instances, dozens
They bear little resemblance to the more than 100 outposts
build prior to 2005, mostly under the auspices of local and regional settler
Ofran said she can not prove that the two new outposts Peace
Now discovered had the support of local and regional settler
But she alleged that this is the case, because of the type of
construction and the infrastructure that now exists.
“It is a lot of
money,” she said.
She blamed the construction of the two new outposts on
Netanyahu’s policy, declared in March 2011, that the government was looking to
legalize unauthorized construction on state land.
The policy has
emboldened settlers to build illegally on state land in the West Bank, she
“They think that homes on state land won’t be touched,” she
A spokesman for the Coordinator of Government Activities in the
Territories confirmed that the two outposts were illegal.
He added that
demolition orders had been issued against both outposts two or three weeks
Dani Dayan, who heads the Council of Jewish Communities of Judea,
Samaria and the Gaza Strip, said the Peace Now report was
He rejected Peace Now’s charge that the settler councils
were now involved in outpost construction.
Nahlei Tal, Dayan said, was
first built when Ehud Olmert was prime minister.
Settlers placed a hut
there to protect the vineyards from Palestinian attacks, Dayan
Tzofim North, he said, is within the settlement’s municipal
boundaries in an area for which there is an approved zoning plan.
said that it was true that a hut had previously existed in Nahlei Tal. But this
has recently been replaced by seven modular homes and one permanent one with
electricity and running water, Ofran said.
With respect to Tzofim North,
she said, the five modular homes, also with electricity, were illegal because
they were had been placed on the newly designed route of the security barrier in
Initially, there were approved plans to build 1,200 homes in
that area, she said.
But those plans were shelved after the High Court of
Justice declared in 2009 that the security barrier outside of Tzofim was
The new route now goes through that zone but unbuilt area of
Tzofim, where settlers have now placed the new outpost.