Agreement will prevent outpost razing


JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Israeli government and residents of the Ramat Gilad outpost in the West Bank reportedly have reached an agreement that will prevent the destruction of the illegal outpost.

Under the agreement, the outpost in the northern West Bank would become part of the Karnei Shomron municipality, and five of its 10 caravans and several warehouses will be relocated to areas on the hill that are not considered private Palestinian property, the settlers’ Yesha Council announced Wednesday.

"I’m definitely satisfied with the agreement, which has prevented unnecessary clashes and will strengthen Ramat Gilad and the settlement enterprise in general," Yesha Council chairman Danny Dayan told Ynet.

The parts of the outpost on private land were scheduled to be razed by the end of the year by order of the Supreme Court.

Rioting broke out earlier this month after area settlers believed that an army and security convoy was on its way to raze the outpost. The riot included an attack on a nearby army base. At least five youths, including two from Karnei Shomron and three from Jerusalem, are currently being held in connection with the attack.

Ten families live on Ramat Gilad, which was established in 2001 in memory of Gilad Zar, who was killed by Palestinians in a drive-by shooting. Zar’s father, Moshe, claims to own the property on which the outpost is constructed.

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