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oberliner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-26-06 07:35 PM
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8. Gov't source: "the site does not constitute the creation of a new settlement"
From The Jerusalem Post:

A government source told The Jerusalem Post that the plan did not negate international understanding, which prohibits the creation of new settlements over the pre-1967 borders.

The source explained that the settlement, which is called Maskiot, was first used as an IDF Nahal base in 1981. The site received authorization for use as a settlement in 1986, the source said.

But instead of becoming simply an independent community of families, a military college was moved onto the site in the mid-1990s in a project that included homes for families of the teachers and staff. The government source said that all that has happened now is that the military college is moving and the evacuee families will be allowed to move in to replace them.

The source added that according to the government, the approvals given for the evacuee families to move to the site does not constitute the creation of a new settlement but rather an "adjustment" to the conditions for which the site has been used for more than a decade.

From The New York Times:

One Israeli official hinted that the new settlement may be part of a deal with West Bank Jewish settlers to get their tacit acceptance of the removal of illegal settlement outposts there.

Another Israeli official, however, insisted that the settlement was not new, exactly, but a revival of a settlement that was approved in 1981 and had become a pre-army school by the mid-1990s.

The Defense Minister, Amir Peretz, the dovish head of the Labor Party, gave his approval to a promise made by his predecessor Shaul Mofaz, then of Likud and now of Kadima and the current Transport Minister that houses would be built on the site of an army base in the northern Jordan Valley to resettle some of the Israelis who were forced to leave settlements in the Gaza Strip in 2005, according to a Defense Ministry official.

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