Homesh
Homeshצילום: ירון בלושטיין/TPS

The Israeli government is planning to amend the 2005 Disengagement Law, and to normalize the status of the fledgling community built on the ruins of Homesh in Samaria, state representatives told the Supreme Court Monday.

The new Netanyahu government requested a three-month extension in a case brought against the Homesh yeshiva and the activists who have resettled the demolished town.

In 2005, as part of the Gaza Disengagement Plan, four towns in northern Samaria, including Homesh, were evacuated.

The Disengagement Law barred Israelis from returning to or resettling the four evacuated towns.

Despite the prohibition, a group of activists built a yeshiva and a fledgling town at the former site of the town of Homesh, leading to multiple evacuations by Israeli authorities.

In a pending case with the Supreme Court, state’s representatives requested a three-month extension, noting the change in government, adding that the new Netanyahu government is planning to amend the Disengagement Law and to normalize the status of the community at Homesh, rendering the petition to evacuate the town moot.

The far-left Yesh Din organization excoriated the announcement Monday morning, claiming that the normalization of Israeli towns in Judea and Samaria constitutes a violation of international law.

“Recognizing the outpost community is a violation of international laws, and will deepen the oppression and dispossession of the Arab residents who own land there.”

According to a report by Channel 13, Defense Minister Yoav Galant (Likud) has hosted several meetings with senior officials to draft the state’s official response to the Supreme Court petition, and to coordinate that response with Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich, who also serves as Minister in the Defense Ministry, handling settlement affairs.

MK Limor Har-Melech (Otzma Yehudit), whose family was expelled from Homesh, tweeted her reaction to the state's planned response to the Supreme Court concerniing Homesh:

"The state's planned response to the courts this morning saying that it will act to normalize the status of a Jewish presence in Homesh is a historic landmark in our 17 year struggle against the criminal expulsion [from Gush Katif and Northern Samaria].

"During the term of this government we will act to fully restore the community of Homesh as well as the three other communities,Sa Nur, Ganim and Kadim, whose residents were expelled during the Disengagement."