Gantz: Evyatar deal should be honored, but settlers can’t enter illegally
Carrie Keller-Lynn is a political and legal correspondent for The Times of Israel
National Unity party leader MK Benny Gantz says that the compromise the previous government reached on potentially approving illegal West Bank settlement Evyatar should be implemented, but that settlers cannot take matters into their own hands.
“There’s a need to stand by the agreement that we made,” the opposition party leader says in response to reporters’ questions about Evyatar. The outpost was once again evacuated today after settlers repopulated it yesterday in response to a deadly terror attack.
In his former position as defense minister, Gantz helped reach the Evyatar compromise, in which settlers agreed to vacate the illegal outpost. In exchange, the government was to conduct a land survey. If the results showed Evyatar to be built on state land and not private Palestinian land, the deal stipulated, the setters would be allowed to return.