Yesha Council Warns: Entire Neighborhoods to be Erased
The head of the Yesha Council, an umbrella group of settlement leaders in Judea and Samaria, is calling upon ministers and Knesset members to intervene immediately to prevent mass demolition of Jewish homes in the mountainous Israeli heartland. The alternative, he warns, "will throw us all into a whirlpool with unknown consequences."
Yesha Council Chairman Danny Dayan sent a letter Tuesday to all of the ministers and MKs, noting that 150 homes – in close to 1,000 Israelis have resided for over a decade – are scheduled for destruction in the next four months or so.
"All of Givat Assaf could be erased by the end of 2011," he warned. "Migron – by March 2012. The Ulpena Neighborhood in Beit El, by April 2012. Amona's fate could be sealed in about a month. And the list goes on."
"The absurdity and injustice are breathtaking," commented Dayan. "For example, apartment buyers at the Ulpena Neighborhood received a government grant to encourage them to settle there. Now they are being presented as invaders and the homes they were encouraged to purchase might be torn down."
Dayan said that the problem was not with the High Court but rather with the government, which decided that homes built by Jews on private land would be torn down. The High Court cited this decision when it gave orders to carry out the demolitions.
He warned that this government might be remembered as the one that carried out the most demolitions except the government of Ariel Sharon, which tore down Gush Katif and four communities in Samaria.