JERUSALEM, July 29 (Xinhua) -- Israeli security forces have dismantled an
illegal outpost in the West Bank, local daily Ha'aretz reported Wednesday on its
The dismantlement of the outpost of Mitzpe Avihai, not far from the Jewish
settlement of Kiryat Arba, which is near the West Bank city of Hebron, took
place late Tuesday night, said the report.
Mitzpe Avihai had consisted for several months of just one tin shack
inhabited by several single males, but it was expanded Tuesday to include
another tin shack on an adjacent hilltop to accommodate two families, said
Ha'aretz, adding that two hundred people attended a Tuesday ceremony to mark the
Following the dismantlement by security forces, which came after the
far-right Youth for Israel Movement established 11 new outposts in the West Bank
on Sunday and Monday, the Jewish settlers are expected to rebuild the outpost
Wednesday, said the report.
Israel has repeatedly promised the United States to dismantle the outposts
as a confidence-building move for the unwieldy peace process with the
Palestinians. However, settlement and outpost evacuation is a sensitive issue
among the Israeli public, and such moves often meet with violent resistance.
Amid fears of violent Jewish settlers resistance, an Israeli defense
official said last week that the evacuation of the 26 illegal outposts in the
West Bank would likely take place after the school year begins in September.