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Peretz´s First Mission as Defense Minister: Destroy Outposts

Only one day into the job, DM Peretz has already set one of his main priorities for the coming months: the destruction of Jewish outposts throughout Judea and Samaria that have been deemed illegal.
By Hillel Fendel
First Publish: 5/8/2006, 7:19 AM / Last Update: 5/8/2006, 10:09 AM

Brig.-Gen. Kamil Abu-Rokon, the head of the Civil Administration in Judea and Samaria, informed the Supreme Court Sunday night that he has a plan underway to map out all the unauthorized outposts, with an eye to their destruction. He said the goal is to complete the list, and a destruction schedule, within four months.

The Civil Administration has already begun mapping the outposts, some of which are full-fledged communities. These include Migron, near Psagot, with 43 families, Givat HaRoeh opposite Eli, with 17 families, and Givat Assaf, situated at a critical junction between Beit El and Ofrah, with 14 families.

The Administration's list of outposts will define the level of legality of each one, as well as how many structures it has, the classification of land on which it is built - state-owned, disputed, etc. - and more.

After the mapping is completed, a precise schedule and plan for the destruction of the outposts is to be prepared, Abu-Rokon reported.

The work will slightly overlap that of Talia Sasson, the attorney in the State Prosecutor's office. Sasson prepared last year a history of all the outposts, with emphasis on the ways in which government ministries "closed its eyes and enabled" the establishment of the new settlements.

Abu-Rokon appeared before the Supreme Court in response to a Peace Now suit against two allegedly unauthorized outposts - Haresha, a part of Talmon, and HaYovel, adjacent to Eli. Peace Now has set as its goal the erasure of every point of Jewish settlement in Judea and Samaria, except possibly the Old City of Jerusalem and several others.