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Sunday, January 13, 2013

Security forces evacuate 'Palestinian' squatters from E-1

The IDF and the Israeli police have evacuated the 250 'Palestinian' squatters and 25 journalists who had set up an illegal outpost in the E-1 corridor between Jerusalem and Maaleh Adumim.
They completed the evacuation around an hour later, with no arrests or injuries reported. Those protesters who refused to leave were carried down the hill by officers, but there was no violence.
"Everyone was evacuated carefully and swiftly, without any injuries to officers or protesters," said police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld.
Prior to the evacuation, the state had appealed to the High Court of Justice, asking the court to rescind a temporary injunction it issued on Friday, saying that failure to evacuate immediately will lead to riots in the area.
I have serious doubts that action would have been taken so quickly were it not for the fact that we are engaged in an election campaign and that the Prime Minister has strong challengers both within and outside his party. In fact, I think that the following had a lot to do with the speed with which the government moved.
On Saturday night, MKs Michael Ben-Ari and Arieh Eldad, who are running for reelection with the Strong Israel party, said that unless the outpost was taken down over night, they planned to head to the area on Sunday to hold an election meeting. They called on Netanyahu to stop talking, and to start building in Judea and Samaria.
Bibi was probably afraid of that more than anything else. 

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At 5:05 PM, Blogger southcentralpa said...

Your Prime Minister seems to have this tremendous tic to move leftward, not rightward, even as the electorate moves decisively right. Why? What do you make of it?

Is he listening to much to the media instead of his supporters?

(Sometimes it almost seems as though he'd rather not be PM if it meant he had to be PM of a government that had The Jewish Home and Strong Israel in it. Do you ever get that impression, also?)


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