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New government said seeking to delay demolition of Bedouin village

Yamina party leader Naftali Bennett at a conference of the Srugim news site above the West Bank Bedouin village Khan al-Ahmar on March 21, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Yamina party leader Naftali Bennett at a conference of the Srugim news site above the West Bank Bedouin village Khan al-Ahmar on March 21, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

The new government is seeking to again delay the demolition of the West Bank village of Khan al-Ahmar, Channel 12 news reports, citing a letter Foreign Minister Yair Lapid has sent to Cabinet Secretary Shalom Shlomo.

Since the High Court of Justice okayed the state’s plans to raze the Bedouin Hamlet in 2018, the demolition has been delayed, despite then-premier minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s vow to carry it out. Netanyahu was replaced last month when the power-sharing government between Lapid and Prime Minister Naftali Bennett was sworn in.

Bennett, who heads the right-wing Yamina party, had criticized Netanyahu for not going through with the planned demolition before becoming prime minister.

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