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Gush Emunim Squatters Offered Alternative Sites

The Gush Emunim squatters at Kadum in Samaria were today offered alternative sites within the government approved areas. The settlers, who have been asked by the government to vacate Kadum where they have been encamped illegally since last November, promised to have an answer by the weekend.

The sites were proposed by Yehiel Admoni, head of the World Zionist Organization’s settlement department, who was acting for the government. Minister-Without-Portfolio Israel Galili, who is chairman of the ministerial settlement committee, told the Cabinet yesterday that the Gush Emunim settlers will be asked to accept one of the sites and vacate Kadum.

The sites offered are Kochav Hashahar, which is presently a Nahat outpost, northeast of Ramallah on the eastern edge of the Samarian hills or a choice of places on the western edge of Samaria, close to the pre-1967 line.

Government policy has been to approve settlements in the sparsely populated areas of Samaria. But the Gush Emunim has insisted on a site in central Samaria near the heavily-populated Arab centers.

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