West Bank outpost is legalized

The West Bank outpost of Bruchin received its charter, making it a legal settlement.

The town, located near Ariel and home to more than 100 families, is now part of the Samaria Regional Council.

The change comes nearly four months after the Israeli government decided to legalize Bruchin and two other outposts — Sansana and Rechalim — which were founded in the 1990s on state land with millions of dollars in assistance from the country’s Construction and Housing Ministry.

The European Union, the United Nations and the United States, as well as several other governments, condemned the legalization when it was announced in April. — jta