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The decrease comes as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is currying favor with his right-wing to show that he is strong on settlement construction.
“Yesterday I promised that we would establish a new settlement point in Binyamin in response to the serious attacks. Today we do it.”
The including of the three communities on the list “is a clear statement by the government that it will continue to develop and strengthen the settlements [in Judea and Samaria],” Gallant said.
Right-wing politicians demanded government legalize outposts; Shaked called to legalize Ofra after terror attack.
By LAHAV HARKOV,TOVAH LAZAROFF
“We will continue to strengthen the Hebron community with deeds,” Liberman said.
By TOVAH LAZAROFF
The expansion project is expected to be completed within ten years.
“A nationalist government should be expanding construction and not reducing it,” the YESHA Council said.
Since the 1993 Oslo Accords and until the end of the Obama Administration, Israel has largely refrained from creating new settlements.
Former prime minister Ariel Sharon had promised the international community he would remove the outposts, but Netanyahu has worked to authorize them.
Peace Now: “This bill is a hint at the government’s direction”
By LAHAV HARKOV
The government has stated that it intends to authorize the outpost, which is located within the boundaries of the Elazar settlement in Gush Etzion.
Israel is set to approve the construction of nearly 1300 new settler homes in 2018.
Police and IDF spokespeople said that there were no arrests during the evacuation, which was carried out as planned with little violence.
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