Israel to allow new West Bank homes

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The Israeli government announced it will permit the construction of some houses in two West Bank outposts because they will be built on state land.

However, some existing houses in the Givat Hayovel outpost near the West Bank settlement of Eli will be demolished within a year because they were built on Palestinian-owned land.

The state announced the plans in response to a complaint filed by Peace Now with Israel’s Supreme Court.

All of the houses in the Horsha outpost were built on state land, the state said, adding that it would explore legalizing them.

An exception to the demolition order will be made for the home of the late Israeli soldier Maj. Eliraz Peretz, who was killed last year on the Gaza border. The home in Givat Hayovel will remain standing until a legal solution can be found, the state said in its response.

Israel recently made the same decision about four other outposts in response to a complaint filed in the Supreme Court by the Israeli human rights organization Yesh Din. — jta