Israel's cabinet voted Sunday, February 4, to formally authorize a rogue West Bank settlement in response to last month's murder of a rabbi who lived there, officials said, in a rare move likely to spark an global outcry.
On January 9, Shevach was gunned down by Palestinian terrorists while on his way home to the northern West Bank outpost. He said creating a new settlement would "for the murderers - exacting justice". In a statement, he said the Israeli-issued permits were "nearly impossible to obtain" and that demolitions such as Sunday's, among other Israeli policies, "have created a coercive environment that violates the human rights of residents and generates a risk of forcible transfer".
"This is an emotional moment for us, for the residents of Havat Gilad, for the cherished Shevach family, and for the State of Israel as a whole", Dagan said already on Wednesday when he heard that the authorization vote had been placed on the cabinet's schedule.
He said that another policy guideline of the government is to strengthen settlement. Whoever thinks that through the reprehensible murder of a resident of Havat Gilad, a father of six, that he can break our spirit and weaken us, is making a bitter mistake.
Last year, for the first time in 25 years, the government approved the construction of an entirely new settlement in the West Bank.
Netanyahu told the Cabinet he had spoken with Yael Shevach, the widow of the murdered rabbi.
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So much for Tillerson's week-long goodwill tour of the region, as Trump's words inevitably traveled south. He said only that the accord needs to be "modernized" and didn't mention Trump's border wall.
Both settlements and outposts are considered illegal under global law.
Authorizations of West Bank outposts are rare and often cause controversy in the worldwide community, which largely considers them to be illegal expropriation of land set aside for a future Palestinian state.
The latter are designated as outposts and are usually populated by religious nationalists, who consider the whole territory on the West Bank as part of Israel.
Past attempts by Israeli authorities to dismantle Havat Gilad have led to clashes with settlers there.
A witness said about 200 Palestinians were throwing stones at Israeli military vehicles when a gunshot rang out. "This is our response; they murder and we build", Zar said.
Ahed's Palestinian and foreign supporters say it symbolises the Palestinians' David vs Goliath struggle against Israel's decades-long military occupation.