- Published on Wednesday, 04 April 2012 13:00
On Tuesday, 3rd April, the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu set a negotiation session late Tuesday night, attended by Defence Minister Ehud Barak, Vice Prime minister Moshe Ya'alon, Minister Benny Begin, and representatives of the Civil Administration, to discuss the issue of the house that has been occupied by settlers since March 19.
A senior defence official said about the meeting that a decision was reached to evacuate the house if the settlers occupied it illegally, as they haven't got the proper permits from the Civil Administration before entering the house.
the house was evacuated today, 4th April at 1:30.
The senior official said that the documents that settlers possessed will be checked again within the coming days to determine if they are real or not. "Currently, while the facts are being determined, soldiers will guard the house, in order to protect it from being taken over by Palestinians," said the official, "if it turns out that the purchase was legal, the settlers will be allowed to return."
According to Haaretz Israeli newspaper, Right wing politicians commented on the house matter on Tuesday, including Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz, MK Tzipi Hotobeli and Likkud Minister Moshe Kahlon.
"Ehud Barak will not decide about evacuation on his own," said Katz on Tuesday morning, and added that he supports and appreciates the Jewish settlers.
"I came to support the settlers. I think that Jews have the right to purchase a home anywhere in the world, and I will do everything in my power to ensure that they stay here. As long as it was done legally, they should be supported," continued Katz. Katz also said that he considered the fact that the Palestinian Authority is threatening the lives of those who sold the property is a shame, and that "the government needs to demand they be left alone."