Israelis block evacuation of Jewish settlement outpost

Wednesday, September 17, 2008 |  Israel Today Staff

Hundreds of Israeli residents of Samaria (the so-called "West Bank") gathered at a small Jewish outpost overnight Tuesday and successfully blocked the Israeli army from uprooting the community.

Jewish settler leaders told Ha'aretz they had reached an agreement with the army on the relocation of the community of Yad Yair closer to one of the nearby established settlements.

However, the settlers became alarmed after they learned that the army and police were planning to deploy in large numbers armed with heavy equipment. Many feared that the government of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was looking to turn the relocation of Yad Yair into a fight for political and diplomatic gain.

When the army and police showed up early Wednesday morning they found themselves outnumbered by settlers from surrounding communities who had been sent urgent messages overnight. Security officials decided to withdraw.

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