Israel Legalizes West Bank Outpost After Resident Killed

Israel Legalizes West Bank Outpost After Resident Killed

Israel Legalizes West Bank Outpost After Resident Killed

The approval comes less than a month after Rabbi Raziel Shevach, the 35-year-old father of six children, was killed in a drive-by shooting at the outpost junction.

On Sunday, members of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's cabinet approved the motion.

"The government will today regularize the status of Havat Gilad to allow the continuance of normal life there", he said at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting, referring to the wildcat settlement in the occupied West Bank.

"For the murderers - exacting justice".

Mr Trump's reversal of decades of USA policy enraged Palestinians, who want to create an independent state in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip with East Jerusalem as their capital. "This is the essence of the government's policy", he said.

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"I told her that our policy is being carried out in two spheres".

The anti-settlement group Peace Now called the effort to legalise the outpost a "cynical exploitation of the murder".

"They will only make us move forward with confidence", Ismail Haniyeh said.

"We are not bent on war, but we will do whatever is necessary to defend ourselves", said Netanyahu. She further claimed that by caving in to the pro-settlement "minority" in Israel, the government is sending a message to the Palestinians that "it pays to violate Israeli law".

However some of the community is built on land whose status is unclear.

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With the signing of the Oslo Accords, settlement building was meant to end, but Israel has continued to expand existing settlements on Palestinian land.

"This is an emotional moment for us, for the residents of Havat Gilad, for the cherished Shevach family, and for the State of Israel as a whole", Dagan said already on Wednesday when he heard that the authorization vote had been placed on the cabinet's schedule.

"A month ago our dear friend Raziel [Shevach] was murdered and instead of sitting here and mourning we decided that we would not give in and we fought together with his widow Yael to have a cemetery built here, to have him buried here and to have Havat Gilad recognized".

It comes after a senior leader of Hamas said the U.S. decision to add him to its list of worldwide terrorists would not change the Islamist militant group's "positions and policies".

Itai Zar, one of the founders of the community, added, "I am very happy and excited. Widespread settlement is the only way to prevent terror and to ensure sovereignty".

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