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West Bank outpost is legalized

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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


Posted by Jack Kessler
08/17/2012  at  08:55 PM
Obstacles to Peace

Jewish settlements are obstacles to peace and always have been.  The shtetls in the old country were obstacles to peace between Jews and those who didn’t want them there.  Jewish settlements in Eretz Yisroel were obstacles to peace between the Jews on one side and the British and their Arab proteges who didn’t want them there before there was an Israeli state.  Jewish settlements are still an obstacle to peace between the Jews and those who don’t want them there.  But now, pathetically, some of those who don’t want them there are the most gullible among their fellow Jews.

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