Israel Approves Illegal West Bank Outpost Evacuation Planned for Friday

Israeli Prime Minister Bennett and Defense Minister Gantz signed off on the deal, which will see Israeli settlers leaving the Evyatar outpost by 4:00 P.M. on Friday

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The illegal Evyatar West Bank outpost, yesterday
The illegal Evyatar West Bank outpost, yesterdayCredit: Hadas Parush

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Defense Minister Gantz have officially approved the proposed plan to evacuate the illegal West Bank outpost of Evyatar by Friday at 4:00 P.M. 

Though the settlement will be evacuated, the buildings will not be razed, according to the official document.

Evyatar residents announced Wednesday that they have accepted the final compromise outline offered to them by the Israeli government.

This is how the deal is expected to play out: 

  • The settlers will leave the outpost by the end of the weekend.
  • A military base will be established in Evyatar, irrespective of any determinations regarding the ownership status of the land.  
  • A yeshiva will be established there, but only after the government examines the ownership status of the land and declares it state-owned, according to the Samaria Regional Council.
  • Settlers will return to Evyatar if and when it is determined that the land is state-owned.

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The unauthorized Evyatar outpost in the West Bank, last week.Credit: Amir Levy

Following the announcement, Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked said that the signing of the agreement with the Evyatar settlers was "an important achievement for settlement enterprise in the Land of Israel.”

Shaked also expressed gratitude to “the pioneers of Evyatar who, through their devotion, demonstrate what Zionism is.”

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On Monday, Evyatar residents agreed to leave the illegal settlement as part of a compromise reached with the government.

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett later told his party members that the "compromise in Evyatar is not a done deal yet, and it's a sensitive issue."

Evyatar was established in early May on the land of three Palestinian villages. The outpost, which has become home to over 50 families, is named after Evyatar Borovsky, a resident of the settlement of Yitzhar who was murdered by a Palestinian in May 2013.

Following his murder there were three attempts to build an outpost at the site – in 2013, 2016 and 2018 – but the mobile homes and other structures erected there were evacuated very quickly. This time – just hours after the shooting attack against three students of the yeshiva in the settlement of Itamar, on May 2 – settlers began to set up awnings, mobile homes and tents, all at once. After reports of the death of Yehuda Guetta, one of the students, it was decided to name the study hall after him.

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