Settlers agree to leave West Bank enclave

2012-06-21 22:32

Jerusalem - Israel's government said on Thursday that 30 Jewish families have consented to leave an unauthorised West Bank settler outpost, suggesting their court-ordered evacuation could proceed peacefully.

Also tensions on the Israel-Gaza border appeared to calm after three days of violence that killed nine people in Gaza.

The Israeli Supreme Court gave the government until 1 July to dismantle the Ulpana enclave, which was built on privately held Palestinian land. Israel considers such construction illegal, while authorising construction elsewhere on West Bank lands the Palestinians claim for a future state.

The five apartment buildings where the settlers live are to be uprooted and moved to a site nearby. The government said in a statement that it would ask the court for three months to move the buildings.

The government has also vowed to build 300 more homes in a nearby settlement. Settler representatives could not immediately be reached for comment.

The flare-up on the Gaza-Israel border was one of the most serious in the three years since the last major conflict there.

More than 100 rockets and mortars were fired into Israel this week, wounding several Israelis, according to Gaza's Hamas rulers. The Israeli military hit back with air strikes against Gaza militants.

Late Wednesday, Hamas released a statement offering to stop the rocket fire if Israel stops its attacks. It said Egypt urged implementation of a truce. A day earlier, the smaller Islamic Jihad released a similar statement, but the exchanges continued.

The flare-up was sparked by an infiltration of gunmen from Egypt's Sinai desert who killed an Israeli worker. Two attackers were killed by Israeli forces.

Israeli officials have been concerned that the increasingly lawless Sinai will become a hinterland for Gaza militants, who can sneak across the Gaza-Egypt border through smuggling tunnels and stage attacks in Israel, which has a long desert border along the Sinai.

  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-06-22 00:47

    The whole of Israel is military outpost, masquerading as a country!

      mario.dippenaar - 2012-06-22 00:54

      That's what happens when you are surrounded by not-so-friendly Arab countries.

      Larry - 2012-06-22 07:14

      Israel is a wonderful country. Fully fledged, with every first world convenience, immeasurable historical beauty, and wonderful but tough people. Great place to visit, great place to live.

  • zaatheist - 2012-06-22 05:50

    Well that is a tiny bit of progress. Now remove all the settlers off the Palestinian land occupied since 1967. And before the people go @pe I should point out that I believe in Israel's absolute right to exist in peace but within the borders that existed prior to the 1967 war.

      Larry - 2012-06-22 07:12

      Not going to go @pe, OK. NO. There will be Jews living in Palestinian areas, as there have always been. Israel won this territory legally and the terms for peace will be on Israel's terms only.

      zaatheist - 2012-06-22 08:03

      @Larry If your attitude prevails than Israel will cease to exist in some future time. Claiming right of conquest achieves nothing but the building of more and more resentments and enemies. If it was not for big daddy US, Israel would have been blown away years ago. And the US is in decline. Much better to negotiate and make concessions when you are strong. Not when it is too late and you have no negotiating power. Ask the SA Nationalist Party. I said the same thing to them in 1975 and look what happened to them. And BTW, you may think you have god given rights but then there is no god.

      Larry - 2012-06-22 20:38

      Israel has survived for 64 years and will continue to do so. It's secure foothold in the Middle east is stronger than ever. Israel has all the negotiating power and leverage while the Pestinians have none and deserve endless pain and sorrow until they decide that they have had enough, and settle on Israel's terms. Israel's enemies are the same today as they were in 1948, excepting that Jordan and Egypt are now at peace with Israel. Syria is practically neutralised by its own civil turmoil, leaving Lebanon's Hisballah, Iran, and the innefective hamas to continue its war on Israel as per the last two decades. Israel can only remain strong by enforcing its dominance of the Middle East, which will be retained, and Israel will remain in this status quo well past our lifetimes. I personally have no god given right delusion, and you will find this to be the case in most all Jews, in Israel and elsewhere. This is a concept promoted only by Jew-haters. There can be no confusion or comparison between Israel and the NATS. The NATS were a political party within a country opposed by another civilian group, all of which were SA citizens. Israel is a country in its own right, and its neighbors, including Pestinians are not citizens of Israel, and cannot effect change to Israel, other than by direct and successful warfare. Israel's neighbors know exactly where they stand in this instance. Dont fool yourself.

  • dave.kofang - 2012-06-22 06:29

    Not only 30 families,they must all leave the occpied settlements for peace to prevail.

      Larry - 2012-06-22 07:12

      No. Not negotiable.

      zaatheist - 2012-06-22 08:04

      Larry and like thinking Jews have a death wish.

      jaba.kov - 2012-06-22 08:19

      "they must all leave" Dave didn’t you learn anything from Apartheid? The Palestine Liberation Organization's ambassador (Maen Areikat) to the United States said that any future Palestinian state it seeks with help from the United Nations and the United States should be free of Jews. Israel has 1.3 million Muslims who are Israeli citizens. Jews have lived in "Judea and Samaria," the biblical name for the West Bank, for thousands of years. Areikat said the PLO seeks a secular state, but that Palestinians need separation to work on their own national identity. What Maen Areikat means by separation is Apartheid in case you can’t read between the lines. Lastly, the land is not occupied it is disputed! The Arabs started a war which they coincidently lost… The Land is disputed until a peace treaty is signed… the Palestinians refuse to recognise Israel’s existence and thus there is no peace. Israelis like Palestinians can live anywhere they want in the West Bank. The only reason these Settlers need to move is because this is Privately owned land.

      Larry - 2012-06-22 20:44

      @zaathist No, we have a survival wish. The gentle Jews have been wiped out, walking meekly to their deaths. those that remain will fight for our place on this earth. That place is Israel, our only home. There are none on this earth strong enough to take it from us. Take that as a warning. Leave Israel in peace.

  • Gcodi Mahomed - 2012-06-22 07:33

    great place to live if you nazi ideology

      zaatheist - 2012-06-22 08:05

      Oh dear, Godwin's law.

      Larry - 2012-06-22 20:51

      The whole of fascist Islam, 500 million in the Middle East alone, cannot dislodge tiny Israel of 6 million Jews over 64 years of trying, through several major wars. The humiliation must be driving these poor inneffective Islamists crazy, and causing much damage to the Islamic religion and their weak god. God is great, but turning these people into such hateful beasts that they kill themselves in his name, for what? A bunch of infidel Jews? Tells me something.

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