Israel Begins Removing Illegal Outposts from West Bank

May 21, 2009

West Bank (ChattahBox) – After the Obama administration began pushing for more diplomatic work within the region, Israel has begun to withdraw security forces, as well as citizens, from their illegal outposts in the West Bank.

The small outpost was erected in 2005 by residents of a nearby settlement. Israeli peace groups say there are at least 100 wildcat outposts in the West Bank, in addition to 121 settlements authorized by the government.

The move came just hours after a meeting between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak, where they decided it was best to withdraw from the region in the interest of developing peace.

It is believed that this was a condition created between Defense Minister Barak and President Obama, on the US leaders most recent visit to Israel, though that is still currently unconfirmed.

When asked to speak on the reasons for the withdraw after looking the other way for so long, Barak did not elaborate. However, he did state that they would “dismantle the illegal outposts”, and that “if it won’t be through understanding, it will be done quickly and by force.”


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