Israel 'legalising' rogue settlement in response to rabbi murder: Netanyahu

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Israel 'legalising' rogue settlement in response to rabbi murder: Netanyahu

Havat Gilad resident Rabbi Raziel Shevach, 35, was murdered on January 9 in a terror attack near his hometown. We will not rest until we bring them to justice.

"Our second policy guideline is to strengthen settlement", he continued.

"Anyone who thinks that through the abominable murder of a resident of Havat Gilad, a father of six, they would break our spirits... is making a bitter mistake", he said.

"For the murderers - exacting justice".

"A month ago our dear friend Raziel [Shevach] was murdered and instead of sitting here and mourning we decided that we would not give in and we fought together with his widow Yael to have a cemetery built here, to have him buried here and to have Havat Gilad recognized".

A Palestinian man was shot dead in clashes with the Israeli army on Saturday during a raid in the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian health ministry said. In a statement, he said the Israeli-issued permits were "nearly impossible to obtain" and that demolitions such as Sunday's, among other Israeli policies, "have created a coercive environment that violates the human rights of residents and generates a risk of forcible transfer". Most of the worldwide community considers all Jewish West Bank settlements illegal.

According to his cabinet motion the outpost was founded in 2002 and now houses about 40 families.

Israel has established about 120 West Bank settlements, which it considers legal.

Israeli authorities have advanced plans for thousands of new settlement homes in recent months, although cabinet votes to authorize a pre-existing outpost are relatively rare.

"The government will provide the status of Havat Gilad in order to facilitate orderly life there".

Gila Gamliel (Likud), the Minister for Social Equality, adds: "We are at a historic moment when a sympathetic American government sees eye to eye with us on the new reality emerging in the region".

"This is a true Zionist and moral step and a genuine and worthy response to terrorism", Dagan said.

Jarrar succeeded in fleeing the scene, Israel claimed. "The opposite is true, the people of Israel will live for eternity", he said.

Peace Now also charged that only one of the dozens of land plots in the outpost is registered to settlers, and the remainder is private Palestinian property.

The Palestinian family, however, said Ahmed was still alive.

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