The Samaria Regional Council announced Monday morning that yeshiva students in the Homesh settlement moved it overnight to a permanent location on state land. This followed the repeal of the cleansing law in Samaria two months ago, and despite strong international criticism of the possible return to the settlement that was evacuated in 2005.
According to the settlers, the meeting was moved during the night in a "covert operation." A security source said Defense Minister Yoav Galant approved the operation, but IDF sources criticized the decision.
"A decision that embarrasses the IDF is defined at this stage as illegal even though it is state land," the sources said, noting that the move bypassed the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories. According to them, "preliminary planning should have been carried out, engineering approvals as required by law, and in addition, this destabilizes and agitates the area, and may drag the area into friction and attacks."
The head of the Samaria Regional Council sets a mezuzah at a meeting in Homesh, this morning (Photo: courtesy of those photographed, Homesh meeting)
This morning, Mayor Yossi Dagan erected a mezuzah at the entrance to the meeting. "A historic moment - just steps away from correcting the terrible injustice of the expulsion in Homesh," he said.
Yeshiva Director General Shmuel Wendy added, "Tonight we took another step towards the full regulation of the settlement and yeshiva in Homesh. We thank all the donors, volunteers and all those involved throughout the years, who helped reach this moment."
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