Gov’t may legalize outpost where hero majors lived

It’s the second time in a month the state showed a willingness to authorize West Bank outposts.

May 9, 2010 01:04
2 minute read.
ELIRAZ WITH one of his four children, aged six and

eliraz peretz with kid. (photo credit: Courtesy)


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 analysis 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 experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • 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


The state is looking to authorize 18 homes in the West Bank outposts of Givat Hayovel and Harisha in the Binyamin region, according to a response it gave to the High Court of Justice last week.

It is the second time in less than a month that the state has indicated to the court a willingness to authorize West Bank outposts.

It gave a similar response to the court at the end of April with respect to the Derech Ha’avot outpost in Gush Etzion.

Such statements appear to contradict Israel’s promise to the US not to expand or authorize new settlements.

The issue of the three outposts was brought to the attention of the High Court by two Peace Now petitions that seek to force the Defense Ministry to implement demolition orders against homes in them.

But at the end of April and again last week the state said that it was in the process of reexamining the legal status of the land.

It told the court that if its survey showed that the homes were built on state land, it’s intention was to authorize the structures.

The state told the court there is no reason to destroy the homes before the survey in completed.

The court has yet to formally respond to the state in either case, but with respect to the Derech Ha’avot outpost it gave Peace Now 21 days to react to the state’s statements.

Out of all three outposts, Givat Hayovel has been of particular concern for right-wing politicians because it is home to the widows and small children of two slain Golani Brigade majors, Roi Klein and Eliraz Peretz.

None of the three outposts in question is among the 23 unauthorized ones built after March 2001, which Israel had promised the US it would remove.

Located on the outskirts of the Eli settlement, Givat Hayovel was created in 1998 with the help of NIS 250,000 from the Ministry of Construction and Housing. It has 17 permanent homes and 30 caravans.

Harisha was built in the 1990s, with the help of NIS 1.6 million from the ministry. According to Peace Now, there are eight permanent homes and 45 caravans on the site.

Located on the outskirts of the Elazar settlement, Derech Ha’avot was built in February 2001 with the help of NIS 300,000 from the Ministry of Construction Housing. It has 17 permanent homes and 15 mobile ones.

Peace Now has claimed that all three outposts are built on land that is partially or fully owned by Palestinians.

Now is the time to join the news event of the year - The Jerusalem Post Annual Conference!
For more information and to sign up,
click here>>

Related Content

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


Cookie Settings