The Supreme Court ordered the military, Thursday, to reconsider the route of a portion of the Judean security barrier, which was to pass through the Arab village of Battir, west of Bethlehem, according to an environmental organization cited, Thursday evening, by Agence France Presse. Friends of the Earth Middle East (FoEME) said, "The High Court this afternoon... ordered the military to present an alternative plan within 90 days." The group says the court added, "We are convinced that, due to the unique nature of the area under discussion, there is a need for the security officials to reconsider, in particular as regards the nature of the barrier and security arrangements of the problematic areas."
FoEME, along with residents of the village and the Israeli Nature and Parks Authority, argued that that the planned route would damage a network of ancient terraces in Battir that the Palestinian Authority hopes will receive UNESCO World Heritage status next year. The defense ministry argued that the route would not damage or affect the terraces, and urged the court to leave the plan intact.