Israeli cabinet legalizes Havat Gilad outpost after rabbi’s murder

The Israeli cabinet met Sunday morning and approved a proposal legalizing the Havat Gilad outpost in the West Bank. The decision came about a month after the murder of Rabbi Raziel Shevach, a resident of the outpost.
Family and friends gather for the funeral of Rabbi Raziel Shevach in Havat Gilad Photo Credit: Miriam Alster/Flash90

On Sunday, the Israeli cabinet unanimously approved a proposal to recognize the Havat Gilad outpost in the West Bank as a legal community. The decision comes about a month after Palestinian terrorists murdered Rabbi Raziel Shevach, a resident of the outpost, in a shooting attack.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated that the legitimization of the outpost will “facilitate orderly life” for the 50 families residing in the community. Before the meeting, Netanyahu told the cabinet members that he spoke with the rabbi’s widow earlier today and promised her that justice will be served. “I told her that the entire nation and all members of Cabinet embrace her and the children in their time of grief,” he stated. “Whoever thinks that through the reprehensible murder of a resident of Havat Gilad, a father of six, that he can break our spirit and weaken us, is making a bitter mistake.”

Zionist Camp MK Tzipi Livni condemned the decision of the cabinet, tweeting that such a move is not the correct response to terror. “The appropriate response to terror is a firm military hand and the drawing of borders,” she wrote. She further claimed that by caving in to the pro-settlement “minority” in Israel, the government is sending a message to the Palestinians that “it pays to violate Israeli law.”

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