Israel approves stricter outpost measures


The Israeli government approved stricter measures against Jewish outposts in the West Bank.

During Sunday’s Cabinet meeting, government ministers agreed to remove all support for the outposts, including funding or providing infrastructure. The plan also will include an increase in monitoring settler activities, the demolition of illegal structures in the West Bank and an expedited process to arrest settlers who break the law, including administrative injunctions and restraining orders.

The agreement came after Shin Bet head Yuval Diskin on Sunday warned the Cabinet, on the eve of the anniversary of the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin by a right-wing extremist, that another political assassination could occur in the near future. Several ministers, including Deputy Prime Minister Haim Ramon and National Infrastructures Minister Benjamin Ben-Eliezer, spoke at the meeting about settler violence against the army.

A committee representing settlers will file a complaint against Ramon and Ben-Eliezer with Attorney General Menachem Mazuz, claiming that their remarks constituted libel and incitement against settlers.

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