Sun, 31 May 2009 22:59:49 GMT
Israeli settlers pour cement to rebuild a house which was destroyed by Israeli forces in an illegal outpost next to Kokhav Ha Shahar settlement in the West Bank.
‘Peace Now’ a watchdog group, says nearly half of the land where zealous settlers have put up settlements is usurped private Palestinian property.
At least 44 percent of the land in the West Bank where the wildcat settlements are built belong to private Palestinian owners, Peace Now said on Sunday.
Although the international community considers all Israeli settlements illegal, Israel makes a distinction between those authorized by the government and the so-called wildcat outposts, set up by zealous settlers without state approval.
Settlers preparing to live in caves
Sun, 31 May 2009 21:50:10 GMT
Israeli settlers are searching for caves to live in as another alternative as they have been told by the government to evacuate their trailers.
They say that Israeli law does not ban living in caves and it seems to be the only way of defending their illegal outposts.
After Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak ordered evacuating some ten outposts in the West Bank, settlers have begun searching for caves to live in, according to a report aired on Israeli TV.
Halutz: Conflict with US must be avoided
Former IDF chief warns government that while differences in opinion are legitimate, it should avoid conflict with Americans, on whose equipment Israel ‘relies heavily’; also justifies operations of Second Lebanon War
Former IDF Chief of Staff, Lt. Gen. res Dan Halutz, warned Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu against engaging in a diplomatic conflict with the United States. He also reminded Netanyahu that despite criticisms regarding the Second Lebanon War, Hizbullah has not attacked Israel since it ended.
Barak heads to Washington in bid to soothe tensions with U.S.
By Akiva Eldar, Barak Ravid and Natasha Mozgovaya
Defense Minister Ehud Barak headed for the United States on Sunday night in an attempt to ease the bilateral tension that has erupted over Washington’s demand that Israel freeze construction in the settlements.
Barak will also have to deal with American demands that Israel open its border crossings with the Gaza Strip to facilitate the Strip’s reconstruction following Operation Cast Lead in January.
Barak will probably not have an easy time resolving tensions over the settlements, because Barack Obama’s administration has already rejected Israel’s contention that the president’s predecessor, George W. Bush, had agreed to expansion of the settlement blocs that Israel hopes keep under any agreement with the Palestinians.