Barak gives approval for renovation of contested Hebron home

Defense Minister Ehud Barak gave his approval Sunday for the renovation of the contested Hebron home. In a letter sent to the setters via Shas chairman Eli Yishai, Barak said that the approval was given since it was a humanitarian issue and stressed that it did change the legal status of the property. The Civil Administration will respond on Tuesday to the settlers' request to repair the house but despite Barak's approval, it is not obligated to agree to their demands. In April, the state informed the High Court of Justice that according to police, documents presented by two Jewish companies meant to prove they legally purchased the four-story building from Palestinians were either forged or highly questionable in their authenticity.