Your email is not valid
Recipient's email is not valid
Submit Close

Your email has been sent.

Click here to send another

thescroll_header

Israel Starts Implementation of Settlement Freeze

Settlers refuse to comply

Print Email

Israeli officials say that government inspectors have begun casing the West Bank for building projects that defy a recently declared 10-month moratorium on certain kinds of settlement construction, according to Reuters. These inspectors are authorized to issue stop-work orders and to confiscate construction equipment. Paving their way, IDF officials spent the past three days distributing injunctions to settlement leaders that order them to enforce the new rules, the Jerusalem Post said.

Prime Minister Netanyahu announced the freeze, which applies to construction that is not already underway or in areas annexed to Jerusalem, last Wednesday, framing it as a bid to restart peace talks with the Palestinian Authority. On Thursday, though, P.A. chief negotiator Saeb Erekat said the move was insufficient and intended to appease the U.S. government rather than Palestinians.

For their part, settlement leadership is having none of this. The head of the Samaria Regional Council “tore up a stop-work order delivered to him by an Israeli army major” yesterday and called the order “racist, immoral, and illegal,” Reuters reports. Today, a group of settlement leaders met with the government’s Construction and Housing Minister and told him they would continue building in spite of the freeze, saying “no defeatist governmental decision will stop us from building,” according to the Jerusalem Post. As of today, a settler lobbying group has also taken the issue to court, filing a petition that claims the freeze order was issued in an improper way and its implementation should be postponed.

Israel Says Enforcing W.Bank Settlement Moratorium [Reuters]
Settler Leaders: We Won’t Let Inspectors Into Settlements [Jerusalem Post]

Print Email
2000

Your comment may be no longer than 2,000 characters, approximately 400 words. HTML tags are not permitted, nor are more than two URLs per comment. We reserve the right to delete inappropriate comments.

Thank You!

Thank you for subscribing to the Tablet Magazine Daily Digest.
Please tell us about you.

Israel Starts Implementation of Settlement Freeze

Settlers refuse to comply

More on Tablet:

Love Syndrome: Israel Story, Episode 2

By Israel Story — Chaya Ben Baruch’s sixth child was born with Down syndrome. Then she did what every good mother does—set out to find him a mate.