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December 11, 2016 / 11 Kislev, 5777

Posts Tagged ‘Ofra’

Emerging Amona Deal: Compensation for Arab Claimants, Regulations Act Preserved, Evacuation On

Monday, December 5th, 2016

A deal has been struck between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (Likud) and Habayit Hayehudi Chairman Nftali Bennett regarding the proposed Arrangements Act on Jewish settlements in Judea and Samaria, Walla reported Monday morning. The bill will be submitted for a preliminary vote by the Knesset plenum without a retroactive application to include Amona, a community in Samaria slated for demolition by the Supreme Court come December 25. In return for this concession on the part of the settlements movement, the government will defend the new law once it is approved in a third plenum vote, even if AG Avichai Mandelblit persists in his refusal to do it.

That part, about government insisting on defending a law against an appeal at the Supreme Court even when the AG (whose function also include being government’s legal counsel), is considered almost revolutionary by rightwing politicians, who view the AG and the individual legal counsels appointed to every government ministry as tyrannical extensions of the largely leftwing judicial civil service.

Last week, Mandelblit approved a short-term solution – moving the Amona residents to nearby vacant land which can be declared as belonging to absentee landlords and therefore may be appropriated by the state. The new deal requires finding proper relocation for all of the 42 families of Amona. To do that, the government intends to petition the Supreme Court once more for a postponement of the evictions, this time for 30 days – after the court has already denied its appeal for a 7-month postponement.

The new deal reportedly also includes a legal solution for the residents of the Netiv Ha’avot neighborhood in Gush Etzion as well as nine homes in Ofra, next door to Amona, which the Supreme Court has also slated for demolition and eviction. The state will be obligated to assign them substitute lands and homes.

Some in the settlement enterprise have suggested that moving the Amona residents to newly obtained state land is still an improvement over the idea of removing them from the area altogether, because the Mountain will not be deserted of Jews, with Ofra and Amona II maintaining their Jewish presence there.

Should the new bill be submitted this week, possibly even on Monday, without the retroactive application to Amona, the Habayit Hayehudi politicians will be expected to prevent clashes between the residents and security forces.

JNi.Media

Not Trusted to Evict Jews? IDF Plans Relocating Haredi Troops from Amona Vicinity

Sunday, December 4th, 2016

As the security apparatus is completing plans to evacuate the Amona community in Samaria on December 25, by decree of the Supreme Court, NRG reported that the Haredi Nahal battalion Netzach Yehuda which has been posted in recent months downhill from Amona, in Ofra, has received orders to prepare to relocate to a different section – despite the fact that the battalion’s original date to relocate was, reportedly, on December 14.

Then, following leaks to the news media about the relocation, which probably means these religious soldiers are not trusted to carry out the relocation, the order to relocate was rescinded for the time being.

A source inside the battalion said, “We received an order over the weekend to prepare for an immediate relocation, but who knows if it’ll happen today or in three weeks. It was supposed to be kept secret, and now that it’s becoming public knowledge it puts commanding officers under pressure.”

David Israel

Highway 60, Entrance to Ofra Temporarily Blocked by Protesters

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

Demonstrators blocked the entrance to the Jewish community of Ofra, north of Jerusalem, and also a segment of Highway 60 near the community in both directions on Wednesday night.

Reportedly the demonstrators were Jewish, and their reasons for the protest are unknown.

They dragged dozens of tires on to the road, and reportedly also added cinder blocks and boulders.

Israel Police spent some time dispersing the crowd and opening the road. Police then remained on site to prevent further disturbances as well.

Two of the teens were arrested on suspicion of organizing the road block and encouraging the rioters.

Highway 60 is a main artery which runs from north to south along the eastern part of the country, traveling through Samaria, Jerusalem and down through Judea to Be’er Sheva in southern Israel.

The highway is a favored venue of countless terrorists who target residents and travelers along the route in both directions from north to south.

In an attack on Wednesday night, Arab terrorists targeted an Israeli driver and passengers on a bus traveling on Highway 40.

No one was physically injured and no damage was reported.

Hana Levi Julian

Terror Attacks Vary in Style But Continue Across Israel

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

Terror attacks are varying in style and method but are continuing in frequency across the Jewish State.

Police report a stun grenade was thrown by unidentified attackers at a car in the quiet Gush Dan town of Kiryat Ono. The attacker in the vehicle from which the grenade was thrown managed to escape, police said. No one was physically injured in the attack, but no details were made available about the condition of the targeted vehicle, and the motive is unclear.

An Egged bus went up in flames at mid-afternoon Monday at the Beit Yehoshua train station, located near Netanya and Herzliya. The cause of the blaze is unknown.

About five minutes earlier, Israel Police responded to disturbances by stone-throwing terrorists in the northern Jerusalem neighborhood of Shuafat. Police fired stun grenades and tear gas in order to get the mob under control.

In the late afternoon hours, terrorists hurled rocks at two Israeli buses on the road between Efrat and the “T-junction,” about 10 minutes south of Jerusalem. In one of the incidents, the windshield of the bus was smashed.

Earlier in the day, terrorists hurled stones at a car and at Israeli security forces on the same road, in the same place. No injuries reported.

An Israeli public bus came under a stoning attack Monday evening on Route 264, near the Bedouin city of Rahat in southern Israel. None of the passengers were physically injured but there were no details made available about the status of the bus.

Arab terrorists from the Palestinian Authority also attacked an IDF observation post Monday night near the Jewish community of Ofra, in Samaria. No one was physically injured in the attack, according to local sources. The attackers fled the scene and managed to escape towards the Arab village of Silwad.

Hana Levi Julian

Drive-by Shooting at IDF Position near Ofra

Monday, November 28th, 2016

Arabs shot at an IDF position near the town of Ofra in the Shomron on Monday evening.

The terrorists shot towards the IDF guard post located near the back entrance to the town of Ofra.

They then fled towards the nearby Arab village of Silwad.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Terrorists Attack Israeli Bus Near Ofra

Thursday, November 24th, 2016

The Hatzolah emergency service of Judea & Samaria reports that terrorists in the Binyamin region attacked an Israeli bus late Thursday night (Nov. 24).

Bus #463 came under a hail of rocks as it traveled near the Jewish community of Ofra.

No one was physically injured in the attack.

The bus driver arrived at a gas station to report the attack took place as he was driving between the Jewish communities of Ofra and Michmash.

Israeli security personnel were deployed to the area to search for the attackers.

Hana Levi Julian

Amona ‘Regulation Law’ Passed Unanimously by Ministerial Committee for Legislation

Sunday, November 13th, 2016

Despite an effort by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to prevent its passage, members of the Ministerial Committee for Legislation unanimously voted to approve the ‘Regulation Law’ on Sunday evening.

Passage of the bill in committee means the law now goes to the Knesset, where it still must pass three readings in order to make it into law.

Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit has said there are legal problems with the law, which may be in conflict with international norms. He has told the committee he is not willing to defend the measure in Supreme Court on behalf of the government, should it be challenged.

The law calls for the government to financially compensate Palestinian Authority Arabs who claim private ownership of land on which Jewish towns have been built.

The law would retroactively legalize the status of Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria, and would prevent the demolition of the town of Amona. It would also stop the destruction of nine homes in the town of Ofra.

The proposed bill was sponsored by Likud Knesset member Yoav Kish, along with two Bayit Yehudi Knesset members, Shuli Muaelem Refaeli and Bezalel Smotrich.

Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked praised the decision. This government will normalize the settlements in Judea and Samaria, even against efforts by the far-left to engage in ‘lawfare’. The way to influence [policy] on the settlement map of Judea and Samaria is through elections, not through the improper means utilize by these groups today,” she said.

Hana Levi Julian

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