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Settlers quietly remove outposts

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  • Josh Pollack
    Ha aretz Thursday, August 02, 2001 Two of 15 rogue outposts ordered removed still there By Amos Harel
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 1, 2001
      Ha'aretz
      Thursday, August 02, 2001
      Two of 15 rogue outposts ordered removed still there
      By Amos Harel

      http://www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=58929&contrassID=2&subContrassID=1&sbSubContrassID=0

      Only two of the 15 settlement outposts in the West Bank that Defense
      Minister Benjamin Ben-Eliezer has ordered evacuated are still in place.

      Over the last few weeks, the settlers have quietly relinquished several
      outposts. The only two that are still in place are at the Jit intersection,
      east of Kedumin (where Gilad Zar was murdered), and the Ofarim outpost at
      intersection 90 near Beit El (where Zvi Hershkowitz and his son Assaf from
      Ofra were killed in two separate incidents).

      Negotiations are still underway for the removal of these remaining outposts.
      The Israel Defense Forces has already issued an ultimatum, which was
      extended two weeks ago. The defense establishment hopes, however, that a
      peaceful arrangement can be reached.

      The IDF has promised the settlers that the army will occupy one of the
      outposts that they have left - the Bat-Ayin outpost in the Etzion Bloc. At
      another outpost, Hill 777, east of Nablus and near Itamar, the IDF
      eventually accepted the settlers' compromise: The outpost was moved to the
      east to become a contiguous part of an existing block of buildings.

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