How to Get Around Building Regulations in a West Bank Outpost

Daughter of the local council chairman comes to the aid of a family who’s house was slated for demolition.

Last week, workers brought sheets of drywall into the northern West Bank outpost of Havat Yair; in two or three months, they will be interior walls. Next will come the gardeners to plant grass. Then the outpost will have another house all ready for its prestigious occupant: the daughter Samaria Regional Council chairman Gershon Mesika, mayor of the area’s settlements.