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View of the Samaria Jewish community of Havat Gilad, (Gilad Farms) January 10, 2018.

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman submitted a formal proposal to the cabinet on Sunday to legalize the Jewish community of Gilad Farms (Havat Gilad) in Samaria.

Under the proposal, Liberman would order the appropriate government agencies to determine what is needed in order to legalize the community.

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The move comes in response to last week’s brutal terrorist murder of community resident Rabbi Raziel Shevach, z’l, a 35-year-old Magen David Adom first responder, husband and father of six.

Liberman’s proposal must still be passed by ministerial vote. If approved, the only parts of the community that will be legalized are those that exist on land that has been properly purchased and is now legally owned by Israelis, according to the defense minister.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.