Migron outpost aerial_311.
(photo credit: Baz Ratner / Reuters)
The state is looking to authorize 11 outposts, Peace Now charged on Tuesday,
adding that such a move would run counter to Israel’s pledge to the
international community not to create new settlements.
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Binyamin Netanyahu’s government has revealed its true face, which is to
establish new settlements,” Hagit Ofran of Peace Now told The Jerusalem Post.
She spoke with the Post after a Peace Now press conference in
The organization presented a report with new information it
had compiled regarding the scope of Israeli activity in West Bank settlements
and outposts, as well as Jewish building in east Jerusalem.
said that in 2011 work began on 100 illegal permanent homes in 45 outposts and
71 new caravans were placed in some fledgling hilltop communities. There are
approximately 100 West Bank outposts.
The report noted that the state
wanted to authorize the fledgling hilltop communities, despite petitions that
sought the demolition of 11 outposts before the High Court of Justice
The 11 outposts were constructed on state land, but without proper
Three of the outposts, Givat Ha-Roeh, Ma’aleh Rehavam, and
Mitzpe Lachish, were on a list of 24 outposts constructed after March 2001,
which past governments promised the United States would be
But soon after taking office, Netanyahu indicated that his
policy toward the outposts would differ from the government of former prime
Minister Ehud Olmert, who had looked to remove the outposts.
But in 2011,
his policy was clearly articulated when the state told the court that the
government’s policy was to remove outposts on private Palestinian property and
to weigh authorization of outposts constructed on state land.
to the report, the prime minister’s office said “the position of the state has
been presented clearly and publically before the Supreme Court.”
Peace Now data comes as settlers and right wing politicians are pushing the
government to authorize outposts, including those built on private Palestinian
On almost a weekly basis, lawmakers have presented the
Ministerial Committee on Legislation with bills that seek to legalize the
outposts. The Committee has rejected or deferred all such
Pressure to come up with a solution is acute because the High
Court of Justice has ordered the demolition of the Migron outpost by the end of
March 2012. Three homes in the outpost were forcibly razed in
The state also destroyed a home and a chicken coop in the
Mitzpe Yitzhar outpost in December.
In both instances, the state said
that the homes were built on private Palestinian property.
the state promised the High Court of Justice that this year it would destroy
three other outposts with a similar classification: Givat Assaf by the end of
June, and Amona and the Ulpana by the end of December.
tenure, the IDF and the Border Police have not undertaken any major action
against the outposts that were constructed prior to 2005. They have been
vigilant in destroying temporary structures in outposts constructed in the last
In a pre-dawn Monday raid, the IDF and the border police
destroyed one such illegal home in the Gal Aryeh outpost.
charged that the security forces failed to remove a Torah scroll from the
structure before razing it.
They provided a photograph of the scroll on
the ground amidst the ruins of the structure.
A security source said the
story was false and that all personal items had been removed from the structure
before the raid.