Settlers breaking into homes in Hebron by force

Netanyahu: We will allow settlers to return to Hebron houses

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The Israeli prime minister,  Benjamin Netanyahu during cabinet meeting on Sunday said that “Israel will allow the settlers evicted from two houses in Hebron to return once the proper paperwork is in order,” Haaretz reported.

Haaretz cited Netanyahu saying that “The government supports the settlements, especially in days like these, when they are under terror attacks,” adding that “at the same time, we are a lawful country and must respect the rule of the law. The moment that the purchase process is authorized, we will allow the population of the two houses in Hebron.”

Netanyahu continued, confirming comments made Friday by officials at the Prime Minister’s Office that the Israeli settlers evicted from two houses in Hebron earlier in the day would be allowed to return once they receive the proper permits.

“We will begin the examination today and we will do it quickly. If it doesn’t come to an end within a week, I will make sure that a status report will be submitted to the cabinet,” he Netanyahu.

Netanyahu’s comments meant a group of ultra-orthodox illegal settlers living in settlements around Hebron, who broke into two buildings in central Hebron on Thursday and took over them.

The settlers, some 100, were backed by Israeli soldiers and used force to open the doors of the buildings.

The next day, Israeli police evicted them.