Report: Settlers mull outpost deal

Yesha Council leaders deny report, say the plan was raised, rejected.

illegal outpost 88 (photo credit: )
illegal outpost 88
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Settler leaders have reportedly been discussing a compromise stipulating that illegally constructed outposts would be dismantled voluntarily in exchange for a government guarantee of the future of the large, legal settlement blocks. The emerging deal was first reported by Yediot Aharonot, though it was adamantly denied by the Council of Judea, Samaria and Gaza (Yesha). The settler leaders convened on Monday to discuss strategies regarding the impending threat of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's convergence plan as well as the future of the illegal outposts. Three months ago, the illegal outpost in Amona was evacuated. On Sunday, security forces evacuated three families that had occupied the Beit Shapira home in Hebron. The settlers reportedly felt the evacuations passed too easily, and feared the future of six more illegal outposts, whose clearance was currently being deliberated by the High Court of Justice. One of the Yesha leaders, Pinhas Wallerstein, said that the compromise plan was raised as an option during their meeting, but was immediately rejected by the settlers' leaders. Army Radio noted that there has been a growing displeasure among the settlers with the Yesha leaders, and that there have been emerging alternative streams aiming to replace the current leadership.