Time-Out in the Dismantling of Outposts

The Supreme Court will resume its deliberations on the plans to dismantle several Yesha outposts at 1 PM. A Defense Ministry source said that the security situation may temporarily put the uprootings on temporary hold.

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The Supreme Court is expected to resume its deliberations on the government's plans to dismantle several Yesha outposts at 1 PM this afternoon. Late last night, Supreme Court Justice Edmond Levy issued restraining orders against the destruction of Mitzpeh Rehavam (western Shavei Shomron) and Mitzpeh Yitzhar. He accepted the residents' claim that the government's utilization of the construction and planning laws for political ends was not acceptable, and that the residents must be given a hearing and sufficient warning.

The dismantling of the Gilad Farm near Karnei Shomron and Nofei Nechemiah near Rechelim is also being held up by legal problems.

A Defense Ministry source told Arutz-7 that the map of upcoming uprootings "has not yet been drawn." He said that there is a "not-insignificant" chance that the process will be halted because of the security situation - but emphasized that the government's goal is still to uproot outposts and then communities.

Attorney-General Elyakim Rubenstein will convene a meeting today of police commanders, army officers, and Shabak representatives in which they will formulate guidelines for the dismantling of populated outposts. Rubenstein is expected to say that the policemen must act resolutely against those who break the law, if this phenomenon exists, and that they must be very sensitive to the residents and avoid harming them or their property.

Rabbi Zalman Baruch Melamed of Beit El, a senior rabbi of the Yesha communities, met last night in his home with O.C. Central Command Maj.-Gen. Moshe Kaplinsky. Rabbi Melamed asked that soldiers whose conscience does not allow them to take part in dismantling outposts not be forced to do so.

Those who wish to help impede the uprooting and destruction of a Jewish outpost in the Land of Israel are invited to call a Yesha Council representative at 057-614-442.