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Israeli soldiers and police inspect the scene of the shooting attack outside Ofra, December 9, 2018.

“I call on the prime minister to act to regulate the settlement of Ofra,” Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked tweeted Monday morning, following Sunday night’s terror attack at the Ofra junction that hit seven Israeli civilians, including a pregnant woman.


“The draft legal opinion is ready,” Shaked tweeted. “To counter Mahmoud Abbas’ “terror menu,” we must post our own menu: every attack will strengthen the settlement enterprise instead of weakening it, and every potential terrorist will know in advance that bolstering the settlements would be registered in his name.”

The 2003 Sasson Report, commissioned by then prime minister Ariel Sharon and written by Meretz member and later Knesset candidate Talia Sasson, altered the legal status of 179 out of 600 homes and other structures in Ofra. The new Regulation Act can be used to compel Arab claimants on the land there to accept 125% of market value for the lands or, if possible, comparable land elsewhere.

President Rivlin responded Monday morning to the terror attack outside Ofra, saying, “Praying for the recovery of those injured in the despicable terrorist attack, including the young mother who brought life to the world from this hellish scene. I hope those injured recover soon and am sending my unreserved support to the security forces who are relentlessly pursuing the terrorists.”

Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein said, “This cruelty is inconceivable. I am strengthening the security forces and relying on them to quickly put their hands on the abominable terrorists.”


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