The Shomron Regional Authority chief, Gershon Mesika, said Tuesday that the Tel Aviv Magistrates' Court decision telling the state to draw up zoning plans for Rechelim has "placed a mirror in front of the government, in which to see its own face."
The decision means that the court has accepted the longtime contention of residents of Judea and Samaria that the so-called "illegal outposts" are, in fact, legal communities established by the government itself, which only lack a final signature of approval from the Defense Minister. This signature, they say, is being delayed for political reasons.
Rechelim is located between Ariel and Kfar Tapuach in Shomron. It is home to about 60 families. It was approved by government decision in 1998 , and the Housing Ministry's Amidar Company built a neighborhood in the community and sold it to citizens. A zoning plan was drawn up and obtained all necessary signatures except that of the Minister of Defense.