Tuesday, 21 July 2009

Ha'aretz, BBC today

IDF planning to evacuate all outposts in one day
By Yoel Marcus

Amid the increased tension between the United States and Israel surrounding construction in the settlements, the Israel Defense Forces is drafting a plan to evacuate 23 illegal outposts in one day.

'Quick outpost evacuation will push settlers to extremes'
By Yuval Azoulay, Haaretz Correspondent, and Haaretz Service

Rightist politicians warned on Tuesday that a plan by the Israel Defense Forces and the police to evacuate all illegal West Bank outposts in a single day would lead to "extreme" public strife and division.

Israel settlers burn olive trees

(...)Right-leaning Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is under US pressure to halt all settlement building and carry out previous Israeli pledges to remove the outposts.

But the settlers, many of whom say they have a God-given right to live in the West Bank, have threatened to impose what they call a "price tag" on such evacuations(...)

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