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“I will not allow the uprooting of any settlement or any settler,” Netanyahu said as he stood under strobe lights on a temporary stage set up on an empty lot in the Revava settlement.
He said that the "family, who has lived there for the past 20 years, built a new home on land that they were led believe was okay. That is now being demolished."
Among those expected to participate in the meeting are Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Maraud and his Palestinian counterpart Riyad al-Maliki.
Fifteen settler families have been squatting in the home for weeks after a Palestinian family was kicked out.
By TOVAH LAZAROFF
The four West Bank settlements were dismantled during the 2005 Disengagement plan.
“The settlers are trying to use the signs to change the identity of Hebron, erase Palestinian history and pretend we do not exist,” said Hebron resident Issa Amro.
“The attack on me took place in broad daylight right in front of soldiers who refused, despite my pleadings, to intervene and provide me with physical protection.”
Since he was elected to the premiership in 2009 and declared his support for a Palestinian state, Netanyahu has walked a careful diplomatic tightrope.
15 families are currently illegally occupying a home in the controversial city.
The left-wing organization Peace Now called on the government to immediately order the Hebron families removal.
The West Bank hilltop community of Netiv Ha'avot is slated to be demolished by March.
Israel is still very much incensed by the UN agency's decision to define Hebron's Old City and the Tomb of the Patriarchs as endangered Palestinian sites.
This would never have happened a year ago, the Samaria Regional Council said.
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