Citing lack of manpower, IDF bars entry to evacuated settlements after Gallant authorized Israelis to return to them

Masked Israeli settlers from the illegal Homesh outpost in the northern West Bank attack Palestinians in adjacent village of Burqa, June 4, 2023. (Courtesy)
Masked Israeli settlers from the illegal Homesh outpost in the northern West Bank attack Palestinians in adjacent village of Burqa, June 4, 2023. (Courtesy)

IDF Central Command head Yehuda Fox has signed a military order temporarily barring Israelis from entering three settlements that were evacuated by Israel as part of the 2005 Gaza Disengagement.

The order was signed shortly after Defense Minister Yoav Gallant authorized Israelis to return to those settlements in line with legislation passed by the Knesset last year cancelling the Disengagement order.

According to the Kan public broadcaster, Fox says the IDF does not currently have the manpower to secure the return of Israelis to those three northern West Bank settlement Sa-Nur, Ganim, and Kadim, which are located near the flashpoint cities of Jenin and Nablus.

The IDF already exhausts significant manpower in protecting ultra-nationalist settlers who operate a yeshiva at the northern West Bank settlement of Homesh. Homesh was the fourth settlement evacuated in 2005.

The hardline Israeli government has come under fire for prioritizing the settlements, leaving lower numbers of troops to protect Israelis on the Gaza border on October 7.

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