Evacuating illegal settlements was crime, speaker of Israeli Knesset says

May 19,2019

Since 2005, tens of thousands of new settlement units have been built in the occupied West Bank, many of them were built in new settlements or outposts.

A group of Likud members led by Israeli Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein has asked Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to rebuild Jewish settlements evacuated in 2005.

In a message to Netanyahu, they called for him to revoke the disengagement law from 2005, that enabled the settlers’ pullback from Gaza and disbanding four Jewish settlements in the Northern West Bank.

This came after members of the Likud along with others from the right-wing toured the site of Homesh, a settlement that was evicted in 2005 as part of the disengagement from Gaza.

Israeli Union of Right-Wing Parties put forth a law to re-settle the four settlements which were evicted as part of the plan. The group said they would support this law.

Yossi Dagan, from the Settlement Regional Council in the occupied West Bank, said 30 of the 35 Likud members in the newly elected Knesset, including all Likud ministers, support the legislation so the ball is in Netanyahu's court adding he should lead the move to re-instate the settlements.

A member of delegation touring Homesh Thursday said the decision to evict the settlers was a terrible mistake.

Settlers had to leave their homes in expectation of some imaginary peace. There is no peace and they have lost their homes.

It is worth noting that the reality on the ground is different. Since 2005, tens of thousands of new settlement units have been built in the occupied West Bank, many of them were built in new settlements or outposts.

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