Cabinet Approves Gush Settlement

The Cabinet today authorized the immediate settlement of a Gush Emunim group inside an army camp near Nablus, in the heart of Samaria. The group was due to enter the camp late today. Cabinet Secretary Arye Naor said Israel believed this settlement would not perturb Washington, apparently because it was being undertaken within the framework of the military occupation forces. Newsmen deduced that the U.S. had been informed in advance although Naor did not say so.

He said he assumed that the soldiers presently in the camp would remain there–as would the settlers–indefinitely. The settlers will be employed by the army on defense-related work under special contracts but will not be enlisted. A previous proposal to that effect has been dropped in the face of Defense Ministry and public opposition.

There will be no Bulletin dated Oct. 10 due to Columbus Day, a postal holiday.

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