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Ramat Gilad. Won't be evacuated Photo: Gil Yohanan
Ramat Gilad. Won't be evacuated Photo: Gil Yohanan

State, settlers reach deal on Ramat Gilad

Five structures, several warehouses to be relocated to difference place in West Bank outpost, which will later become neighborhood in settlement

Yair Altman
Published: 12.28.11, 14:02 / Israel News

Representatives of settlers living in Ramat Gilad have reached an agreement with the State, which will see the unauthorized outpost become a neighborhood within the Karnei Shomron Regional Council.


According to the draft agreement, first reported by Ynet, five temporary structures built on private land will be relocated to a different area in the outpost along with a number of warehouses.


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The said buildings are inhabited, and Ramat Gilad residents have already expressed their willingness to relocate them in the past, so as not to reach a clash with the security forces.


As part of the agreement, a city building plan will be approved in the future in order to allow the outpost to become part of the Karnei Shomron settlement as a separate neighborhood.

מאחז רמת גלעד (צילום: גיל יוחנן)

Ramat Gilad. 'Violence pays off' (Photo: Gil Yohanan)


Yesha Council Chairman Danny Dayan, who took part in the negotiations, said Wednesday: "We have finalized the last details and reached an agreement. We'll move a number of structures the State says are located on private lands, and I hope that Ramat Gilad will eventually become a permanent community in the State of Israel.


"I'm definitely satisfied with the agreement, which has prevented unnecessary clashes and will strengthen Ramat Gilad and the settlement enterprise in general."


Peace Now Secretary-General Yariv Oppenheimer said in response, "The Ramat Gilad agreement is a deal in which the government surrendered to the Hilltop Youth.


"The settlers are proving that violence pays off and that the outpost method works. First they build illegally, and then they authorize it and basically establish a new settlement."


The defense minister's office said in response, "The defense minister, Defense Ministry and IDF respect and uphold any decision made by the legal system, including the courts and attorney general."



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