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In legal repeal, Israel to permit settlers' return to north West Bank outposts

Eighteen years after Israel withdrew from the Gaza Strip and from four settlements in the northern West Bank, the Knesset authorized Israelis to return to the four West Bank demolished outposts.
Israeli soldiers guard the road leading to the Homesh yeshiva, located at the former settlement of Homesh, west of Nablus, West Bank, Dec. 30, 2021.

The Israeli parliament rolled back on Monday parts of the 2005 Disengagement Law, which ordered the evacuation of four northern West Bank settlements, and thereby allowing them to return to the illegal outposts in the occupied Palestinian territory.

The law, formalizing Israel’s unilateral withdrawal from the Gaza Strip, included at the time also the evacuation of four West Bank outposts. Since then, settlers have tried to repeal the law and return to the four settlements. Thirty-one Knesset members against 18 voted for the rollback, sponsored by nationalist Religious Zionism and far-right Jewish Power parties.

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