The Jerusalem Post
July 28, 2009 - 12:00am

Settlers planned to complete the construction of 11 outposts in the West Bank ahead of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's scheduled meeting with US envoy George Mitchell early Tuesday morning, in response to American pressure to freeze settlement activity.

Activists on Sunday announced that they wished to "put an end to the White Papers," and called for assistance in constructing the 11 outposts, an allusion to the 11 settlements established in the Negev during the British Mandate.

Living up to their promises, dozens of activists - mostly youths - constructed several outposts on Monday evening as hundreds of people rallied outside Netanyahu's Jerusalem home to protest a settlement freeze. Among the new outposts, structures were built at the Netzer outpost between Alon Shvut and Efrat, Inbalim near Ma'ale Michmash, Tzuryah near Avnei Hefetz, Oz Yonaton near Kochav Yaakov and Givat Egoz near Neriya. One of the outposts, Netzer, had already been evacuated by the IDF by Monday night.

During the Monday demonstration, Dani Dayan, who heads the Council of Jewish Communities of Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip, said: "People tell us that it is impossible to stand up against American pressure; there is no bigger lie."

Netanyahu's government should be concerned with its election promises to support the settlements, rather than with its obligations to the US, Dayan said. This government has an obligation to return Israel to the Zionist path of settling the land, he added.


American Task Force on Palestine - 1634 Eye St. NW, Suite 725, Washington DC 20006 - Telephone: 202-262-0017