The Cabinet voted unanimously Sunday to approve Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman's motion to legalize the Havat Gilad outpost near Shechem (Nablus) in the wake of the murder of Rabbi Raziel Shevach, a resident of the community, by Palestinian terrorists on January 9.
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Netanyahu said during the weekly cabinet meeting that the government will legalize the illegal Israeli outpost of "Havat Gilad" in order to "allow the continuing of a normal life there". After 50 years of settlement and a half million residents, the time has come to say loudly: "'We are here to stay!' A strong Israel is the solution to regional peace and stability".
"They will only make us move forward with confidence", Ismail Haniyeh said.
On Saturday night, IDF soldiers detained a Palestinian who is suspected of collaborating with the attacker. However, Jarrar himself appeared to have evaded capture, as he also managed to do in a similar raid in Jenin on January 18.
Israel has several times given retroactive approval to outposts, and a year ago work began on the first completely new government-sanctioned settlement built in the Palestinian territories in quarter of a century.
"Whoever thought that through the reprehensible murder of a resident of Havat Gilad, a father of six, that our spirit can be broken and we can be weakened, is making a bitter mistake", Netanyahu said.
They did not, however, catch the man considered to have led the attack on Shevah, 22-year-old Ahmed Jarrar. "To those who sanctify death, we will sanctify life", said Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
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However, the proposal's language regarding the legal ownership of the land hinted at a significant hurdle that still remains ahead of the outpost's legalization.
However some of the community is built on land whose status is unclear.
Zionist Camp MK Tzipi Livni condemned the decision of the cabinet, tweeting that such a move is not the correct response to terror.
None of those conditions are met in Havat Gilad's case, according to sources cited in the Haaretz report.
According to his cabinet motion the outpost was founded in 2002 and now houses about 40 families.
Authorizations of West Bank outposts are rare and often cause controversy in the global community, which largely considers them to be illegal expropriation of land set aside for a future Palestinian state.
The latter are designated as outposts and are usually populated by religious nationalists, who consider the whole territory on the West Bank as part of Israel.