JERUSALEM (Dec. 19)
With the deadline for the evacuation of Elon Moreh less than a week away the Gush Emunim became increasingly defiant of the government today The settlers reiterated that they will not move unless the government alters present laws to make Jewish settlements throughout the West Bank and Gaza legal and beyond challenge by the courts.
The Gush Secretariate announced last night that it had “decided” to establish a new settlement in the region of Yamit in northern Sinai which is slated. to be returned to Egypt in 1981 in accordance with the Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty.
The government is expected to veto that idea Nor is it likely to initiate legislation of the kind demanded by the Gush as there is no possibility that it could win a majority in the Knesset or the Cabinet.
Meanwhile settlers of Yamit still unreconciled to the fact that they will have to leave within the next two years, embarked on a motor caravan from Sinai through Tel Aviv to the Western Wall in Jerusalem today They covered their cars with signs reading “Yamit is the Wall of Jerusalem” and “The Yamit Region Settlements are the Shield of Ashkelon.”
The motorcade was organized by MK Geula Cohen and Hannan Porat, leaders of the ultranationalist Tehiya movement. The Defense Ministry barred the demonstrators from passing through Arab villages in the Gaza Strip as they had planned because of the provocative nature of such a move.