Lieberman proposes plan to legalize murdered rabbi’s community

On Sunday, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman submitted a plan to legalize the West Bank community of Havat Gilad. Last week, the outpost lost a member of its community when Rabbi Raziel Shevach was murdered by terrorists near Nablus.
Mourners in Havat Gilad Photo Credit: Miriam Alster/Flash 90

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman has proposed a plan to legalize Havat Gilad, the West Bank outpost where Rabbi Raziel Shevach lived with his family before he was murdered last week in a terror attack.

Lieberman submitted the proposal to the government secretariat on Sunday, five days after the terror attack. Lieberman’s plan proposes that the community be added to the Samaria Regional Council’s municipality.

Last week, Shevach’s widow urged Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to legalize the Havat Gilad community. “We want to live here like proud Jews, standing tall, to feel pride that we are living in the land of Israel,” she said. “We don’t want to fight for every piece of land.”

The anti-settlement Peace Now NGO condemned Lieberman’s proposal: “There’s no limit to cynicism. Lieberman is using an evil murder to legalize an illegal outpost that Israel will anyway need to evacuate [and] its legalization will harm security and cost millions.”

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