'Don't demolish Peretz, Klein homes'

Peace Now says it is attentive to the suffering of settler families who lost sons in battle.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
April 14, 2010 10:42
2 minute read.
Eliraz Peretz (1978-2010) during his brother Uriel

Eliraz Peretz 1998. (photo credit: Channel 2)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user uxperience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew, Ivrit
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Repor
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

Peace Now plans to ask the High Court of Justice not to discuss the demolition of the homes of two IDF majors who were killed in battle.

Peace Now initially petitioned the court asking it to rule that 12 houses in the settlement of Eli should be demolished since they were built without municipal planning permits.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


But two of the homes in question belong to the families of IDF majors Ro’i Klein and Eliraz Peretz, both of whom were killed in action; Klein during the Second Lebanon War when he heroically saved his comrades’ lives by jumping on a live grenade, and Peretz during a clash last month in the Gaza Strip.

Klein was deputy commander of the Golani Brigade’s Battalion 51, Peretz was deputy commander of the same brigade’s Battalion 13.

Peretz’s story was particularly wrenching, as his older brother had been killed in Lebanon in the 1990s and he lost his father just three years later. Peretz’s younger brother serves in the Golani Brigade.

“We, too, are attentive to the families’ suffering and the delicate situation,” Peace Now Secretary General Yariv Oppenheimer said. “We are not insensitive; the thought that soldiers may come to evacuate those homes is difficult to bear, also for us.”

But Oppenheimer said there was also a political consideration involved.



“There is a campaign by right-wing officials trying to exploit difficult cases to prevent the evacuation of any outpost and we do not want to step into this trap,” he said.

“It is important to clarify that we still demand the demolition of illegal homes, but at this time we will ask the High Court of Justice not to discuss these two specific homes.”

National Union MK Michael Ben Ari lambasted Peace Now’s revision to its petition, originally submitted five years ago, as “a cruel evasion.”

“The heroes of the outposts do not need to get killed so that their homes are spared demolition,” he said.

The state is expected to respond to Peace Now’s petition by May 1.

Meanwhile, IDF Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi on Wednesday opened memorial events ahead of Monday’s Remembrance Day for the Fallen of Israel’s Wars by placing an Israeli flag on Peretz’s grave, since he was the last soldier to be killed in combat.

“Here, between the thousands of gravestones and silent tombs, testimony to 62 years of struggle for our freedom as a nation and a state, we stand, year after year, in honor of the memory of our sons and daughters, whose song of life was muted prematurely and thanks to whose sacrifice the people of Israel can celebrate the gift of liberty and security in their own state,” he said after visiting the grave on Mount Herzl.

“I have just made my way to a nearby plot, where lie the remains of the most recent fallen soldier brought to rest on Mount Herzl, Maj. Eliraz Peretz, may his memory be blessed, and together with his mother Miriam and his widow Shlomit, laid the flag of the country in whose name he embarked on his last mission.”

Related Content

Jisr az-Zarq
April 3, 2014
Residents of Jisr az-Zarqa beckon Israel Trail hikers to enjoy their town

By SHARON UDASIN