View from Ramat Gilad
View from Ramat GiladIsrael news photo: Shomron Central Blog

Residents of Ramat Gilad have signed an agreement with the government that will prevent the demolition of their community, but involves compromise on location of the structures. 

The hilltop neighborhood is currently located on the outskirts of the Samaria town of Karnei Shomron.

The deal calls for the relocation of nine mobile structures within the next five months to "undisputed land," which entails moving them tens of meters closer to Karnei Shomron.

In return, the state has agreed to issue a city construction plan for the outpost, which will permit the neighborhood to build permanent homes and buildings.

"I hope the agreement will strengthen the entire settlement movement," commented Danny Dayan, chairman of the Council of Jewish Communities of Judea, Samaria and Gaza (Yesha Council).

However, National Union Knesset Member Dr. Michael Ben Ari was not as optimistic, and expressed concern that the agreement would instead encourage the far-left Peace Now movement to continue its persecution of residents in Judea and Samaria, "while thousands of Arabs build illegally without interruption."

Peace Now had petitioned the Supreme Court to order the government to demolish the homes of 10 families in the hilltop community. As a result, the state had planned to demolish at least half of the homes earlier this month, leading to subsequent riots and clashes between distraught youths and government forces. The government had intended to complete those demolitions by the end of this week.