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Police evacuating Hebron residents

The war of words is on between Bayit Yehudi Chairman and Education Minister Naftali Bennett and Likud Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon. Responding to the Friday morning quick police and army eviction of 20 Jewish families from homes they claim to have purchased legally, Bennett’s party issued a statement saying:

“In the midst of the terror wave, the defense minister acted with determination, obtuseness, and without compromise to kick Jews from their homes.

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“This is a case of irresponsibility, intellectual paralysis and a needless fanning of the emotional flames.

“Let the defense minister apply the same zeal and determination to taking care of the Arab terror and illegal construction in terrorist settlements. It would have been possible to examine the purchase documents without throwing Jews from their homes.”

The defense minister said in a statement, “The state of Israel is a state of laws, and I have no intention to compromise when the law has been broken. In the case of the Hebron homes the law was broken openly and crudely. Entering a home requires several legal procedures, none of which was followed. This is why the squatters were evicted.”

Ya’alon also called on coalition members to restrain their statements, saying “the conduct and speech of some politicians on this topic border on anarchy and harm our national resilience.”

MKs Ayoob Kara (Likud), Oren Hazan (Likud) and Bezalel Smotrich have informed Prime Minister Netanyahu that the evacuation of the Jews from the two buildings would result in their resignation from the coalition. MK Smotrich tweeted overnight: “If the homes that were purchased by the Hebron settlers are evacuated because the Defense Minister was insulted that they didn’t coordinate the takeover with him, this would be a serious folly which we cannot endorse.”

Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein (Likud) condemned the eviction, saying that “when settlers follow the law, [Ya’alon] should have waited with the eviction and examine the legal options that would boost the settlement endeavor while upholding the law.” He also said that “at a time when our enemies are trying to attack not only our bodies but also our right to the land, the proper message should be that we’ve returned home.”

Chairman of the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee, MK Nissan Slomiansky (Bayit Yehudi) said “the previous government collapsed because it practiced arm twisting instead of seeking understanding. The defense minister in Hebron and not only there has been leading us to a similar situation.”

Tourism Minister Yariv Levin (Likud) also attacked the eviction, saying it’s “a scandal that cries to high heaven, which would not have been accepted anywhere else in the world.” He stressed that “just as a man who purchases a home in Tel Aviv is free to enter it without any needless Bureaucratic procedures, so it should have been in Hebron. It’s time to put an end to the unlawful discrimination against the settlers. I demand of the defense minister stop the eviction process at once and to bring the issue for a decision in the next cabinet meeting Sunday.”

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20 COMMENTS

  1. Not every Jew, can afford to live in N.Tel Aviv. The PM, wants aliyah. How does evicting Jew's from a legally purchased home, encourage aliyah? Hevron was the FIRST capitol of the Jewish Nation. The British evicted us in 29. We are simply returning to what is ours, purchased by Avraham, four thousand years ago.

  2. As usual and I've said it before, WE ARE OUR WORST ENENMIES. THAT'S MORE HURTFUL AND SHAMEFUL.
    Those that act that way, do not know or understand what's written in the Torah or choose not to obey it. For Sham!
    Hashem sees all ! We see what happened to Sharon when he did same. Hashem have mercy on them. This is OUR land no t
    a European country. We don't read of any country except for
    Isreal evicting their own people from their homes and land.
    Unheard of. Is this what our forefathers and ancestors and those they fouht numberous wars gave their lives for? Shameful! Can't believe OUR land of Israel is doing this! Unbelievable. Especeially at his time. Not good any time but especially when there are so many enemies showing their faces now ready to destroy us. We are helping. Thatks Ya'lon.
    You should be removed from your post. A person with more heart and knowledge and love for Torah and mitzvot should replace him. AM YISRAEL CHAI!

  3. community spokesman, Yishai Fleisher said this .. "they would submit the relevant paperwork in the coming days and were confident the Jewish families would be able to move back in relatively quickly."
    Meaning: this may simply be legal matter, so I'll give it a couple days before expressing detest that any Jew would be persecuted for being Jewish.

  4. Pre-war Germany was also a state of the 'laws', the rest is history, we all know how it ended…
    When the line between the legality and legitimacy is obscured or intentionally removed it is undoubtedly the beginning of anarchy or an definite end of civilization. Take it in any order you like, the outcome is the same. Shame on you Yaalon. Show me the one normal nation where the military establishment is actively involved in interfering in civil, legal processes?! We all know it is called a tyranny – not a democracy.

  5. Community spokesman Yishai Fleisher said this .. "they would submit the relevant paperwork in the coming days and were confident the Jewish families would be able to move back in relatively quickly."
    Meaning: this may simply be a legal matter, so I'd give it a few days. More disturbing was the Yahoo article that showed Arab-Muslims on rooftops throwing stones.

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