In a consultation held in the PM’s office upon announcement of the court decision, it was decided that construction would start on 300 housing units promised to the settlement three years ago in return for the court-ordered evacuation of structures built on private Palestinian lands.
Leaders of the Jewish Home party said they regretted the Court decision but predicted that it would only encourage increased construction in the settlements.
Others in the party expressed rage. “The bulldozers should destroy the Supreme Court,” said Knesset member Moti Yogev, a member of the foreign affairs and defense committee, after announcement of the much-awaited court ruling.
On Tuesday, Israeli police forces took control of the two buildings under construction, evicting dozens of young Jewish ultra-nationalists who barricaded themselves in one of the structures.
Several protesters were held for questioning after they lay down in front of Border Police vehicles, yelling “We’re fighting for the land of Israel,” and “A Jew doesn’t evict a Jew.”
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