Fate of Homesh May Be Delayed

The State submitted its response to the Supreme Court Wednesday evening on its position regarding the Samaria community of Homesh. In its response the State said that “the law is to evacuate” Homesh.

Atiya Dimentman, widow of Yehuda Dimentman, appealed to Justice Minister Gideon Sa’ar to prevent Homesh from being destroyed again. Her letter reminds Sa’ar of the fact that it is close to the 17th anniversary the expulsion from Gush Katif and northern Samaria, and she also reminded the minister of his own words after her husband’s murder, in which he supported the regulation of Homesh, and also called for no reward for terrorism.

Yesterday, the leaders of the Knesset Land of Israel Lobby and the Homesh lobby sent a letter to Supreme Court President Esther Hayut demanding that the decision to evacuate Homesh be delayed until after the upcoming elections.

The MKs noted that a bill to save Homesh won a respectable majority in a preliminary vote in the Knesset before its dissolution and is expected to be voted on again and even passed into law by the Knesset that will convene after the elections. There is a significant chance that the victory of the right in the elections will bring about a significant change regarding the legal status of the yeshiva and the grounds for removing it.

Instead of looking to demolish Homesh, the State should be looking for ways to save it. We are grateful to the MKs involved for asking for a delay in the decision making process.

State to Supreme Court: Homesh must be evacuated, no date set, by Israel National News, August 10, 2022

MKs ask Supreme Court to hold off on Homesh ruling until after election, by Israel National News, August 9, 2022

Terror victim’s widow: Don’t reward terrorism, build Homesh, by Israel National News, August 9, 2022

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