Limor Son Har–Melech, a member of the Israeli coalition, urged on Tuesday for the quick restoration of outposts in both the West Bank and Gaza after the Knesset passed the Disengagement Law last night. This law allows Israeli settlers to go back to sections of the West Bank that were cleared out in 2005 during Ariel Sharon‘s disengagement plan.
“We cannot simply sit back and revel in the joyous atmosphere; we must take on the two upcoming projects tomorrow – the rebuilding of the four settlements that were cleared out in the northern West Bank, and the return home of the people of Gush Katif in Gaza, which had become a source of terror,” Limor tweeted.
In December, legislators who espouse far–right political beliefs put forth a bill to revoke the prohibition of entering four West Bank settlements – Homesh, Sa–Nur, Ganim and Kadim – that were cleared out when the Israeli occupation withdrew from the Gaza Strip.
The Israeli parliament held a late–night vote in which a modified version of the bill was approved in the second and third readings by a majority of 31 lawmakers, with 18 voting against it.
Following the disengagement in 2005, which saw Israeli settlers evacuated from the Gaza Strip and certain areas of the northern West Bank, Israeli citizens and residents have been legally disallowed from entering the sites.
Not long after the disengagement in August 2005, an unauthorized outpost was erected on Palestinian land close to the village of Burka. It contained makeshift dwellings that were periodically removed but Israeli settlers kept rebuilding them. In recent times, it has become a popular gathering place and a symbol for the settler movement.