The IDF has declared several areas in Judea and Samaria to be closed military zones in the hope of preventing activists from building five new communities, beginning Sunday.
Two of the sites are located in Judea. One is Givat HaEitam, a hilltop within the city limits of Efrat. The second site is on the outskirts of Kiryat Arba, near Hevron. Three other sites are located in Samaria, including areas adjacent to the communities of Hashmonaim, Kedumim and Elon Moreh.
The face-off comes as plans move ahead for the Mideast summit set for November in Washington D.C., in which territorial concessions are expected to be the focus of the talks. “This is our answer to [U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza] Rice, commented Rabbi Moshe Levinger, founder of the Hevron Jewish community, at a news conference held last week.