Netanyahu promises to legalize illegal West Bank settlement near Nablus

Katrina Barker
February 5, 2018

However, the wording of Sunday's proposal leave's open the possibility that the location of the legalized settlement will be different from the outpost's current spot.

Today, the government will provide for the status of Havat Gilad in order to facilitate orderly life there.

A witness said about 200 Palestinians were throwing stones at Israeli military vehicles when a gunshot rang out.

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

The anti-settlement group Peace Now said that legalizing the Havat Gilad outpost, which is located deep in the West Bank about 15 kilometers (10 miles) west of Nablus, could endanger the viability of establishing a future Palestinian state.

Earlier in the day, a 19-year-old protester was killed in clashes with IDF soldiers calling for the surrender of Ahmad Nassar Jarrar, who is suspecting of leading the cell that killed Mr Shevah, the Times of Israel reports.

"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".

Following the raid in Jenin, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said Israel's security establishment knows everything about the terrorist cell that carried out the attack and those who aided them.

"The appropriate Zionist response, without any connection to the attacks, is to strengthen Jewish settlement in the Land of Israel over all its territory".

Those without approval are referred to as outposts and tend to be populated by hardline religious nationalists who see the entire West Bank as part of Israel.

Past attempts by Israeli authorities to dismantle Havat Gilad have led to clashes with settlers there.

Israel has several times given retroactive approval to outposts, and past year work began on the first completely new government-sanctioned settlement built in the Palestinian territories in quarter of a century.

Zionist Union MK Tzipi Livni was among the first opposition lawmakers to condemn the vote.

On Sunday, members of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's cabinet approved the motion. Knesset speaker Yuli Edelstein called it "a victory over terror".

"We are not bent on war, but we will do whatever is necessary to defend ourselves", said Netanyahu.

Other reports by AllAboutTopnews

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