Ulpana residents consent to eviction

Residents of contested Beit El neighborhood agree to government plan; settlement to get 300 new housing units

Residents of the Ulpana neighborhood in the West Bank settlement of Beit El have accepted the government's terms for their eviction, Ynet learned Tuesday.


According to the agreement, brokered by Beit El Rabbi Zalman Melamed and the government, the residents will leave their homes within one week's time.


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In exchange for their peaceful cooperation, the government will promote the construction of 300 new housing units in Beit El and the five housed in question will be moved to another location in the settlement.


The agreement is still pending the approval of the High Court of Justice, but many in the political arena were quick to congratulate both sides on reaching a deal.


A statement by the Ulpana residents said that "The pain over the eviction will not relent and the government will not be able to avoid this stain.


"Nevertheless, as peaceful people, we know that the fight of brother against brother will tear the public apart – especially our public. We will abide by the rabbi's decision and the families will leave their homes."


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to present the agreement to the Ministerial Committee on Settlements, which will convene for the first time on Wednesday.


Attila Somfalvi contributed to this report



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