After Rabbi Raziel Shevach’s widow urged Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to legalize her community, Netanyahu ordered that Havat Gilad be directly connected to the electricity grid. For some time, the residents have been complaining that their electricity infrastructure is unstable.
Mourners in Havat Gilad Photo Credit: Miriam Alster/Flash 90
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered on Thursday that Havat Gilad, the small outpost in the West Bank where the Shevach family lives, be directly connected to the electricity grid. Netanyahu made the decision after he heard about the community’s unstable electricity infrastructure from the ministers who went to the outpost to comfort the Shevach family.
While every home in the community has electricity, the connection is fairly basic because Havat Gilad is an unrecognized Israeli outpost. Due to this, there was no way to improve the electricity infrastructure. However, Netanyahu’s decision will make it possible to resolve the problem about which the residents have been complaining for some time.
Earlier today, Rabbi Raziel Shevach’s widow urged 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.”
Shevach, a father of six, was murdered by terrorists in a drive-by attack on Route 60 on Tuesday night. He was buried in Havat Gilad even though the outpost lacks a cemetery, becoming the first person to be buried in the small community.