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  • US tongue-lashes Israel for its strategic 'new settlement'

    01/09/2016 1:22:27 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 11 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 9/1/16 | Ari Yashar
    In response to Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon's (Likud) announcement last Wednesday that a strategic 40 dunam compound is being officially added to the Gush Etzion region in Judea, the US lost little time in condemning the move. The land that is being added was purchased by American millionaire Irving Moskowitz and his wife, and is referred to as "Beit Bracha." Jerusalem Councilman and Israel Land Fund (ILF) Director Arieh King covertly obtained the abandoned church complex adjacent to Highway 60 three years ago according to reports, and worked to renovate the compound. On Friday, US State Department spokesperson John Kirby...
  • Dozens of pipe bombs found in Gush Etzion village

    12/05/2015 2:38:03 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 5/12/15 | Kobi Finker
    The IDF and Border Police carried out a large-scale operation over the weekend that led to the discovery of illegal military equipment in Judea and Samaria. As part of an effort to prevent terror attacks, the IDF's Etzion Brigade and Maglan unit, along with Border Police, entered the village of Beit Ummar, in Gush Etzion. While there, they uncovered dozens of pipe bombs and a handgun that were hidden underground and intended for use in attacks. The objects have been taken for explosives testing. In addition, the Rotem Battalion arrested a Palestinian man with two knives in Huwara, near Shechem....
  • Two Israelis, one Palestinian killed in Gush Etzion attack

    11/19/2015 3:02:52 PM PST · by Eleutheria5
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 19/11/15 | Ari Yashar
    Three people - two Israeli and one Palestinian - have been murdered and another seven wounded on Thursday afternoon in a shooting attack in Gush Etzion region, ten minutes south of Jerusalem. Of the victims, several are reportedly citizens of the United States. A critically wounded 18-year-old victim died of his wounds inflicted in the attack shortly after, as did a 50-year-old victim who was evacuated to Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem with bullet wounds in his upper body. He had been classified as very seriously wounded and was unconscious. A third victim killed in the attack was a...
  • Knife removed from spine of woman stabbed in Gush Etzion

    10/28/2015 1:51:59 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 23 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 28/10/15 | Ari Yashar
    Generic video unrelated to the event A complicated surgery was completed Wednesday night on the woman who was stabbed in the back by an Arab terrorist in Gush Etzion earlier in the afternoon, and in it the knife's blade was removed from her spine. After being stabbed and moderately wounded, the woman was evacuated to Shaare Zedek Hospital in Jerusalem with the knife still in her back, and there she underwent the surgery. In the operation, the knife was removed from where it was stuck in her spinal column. She was then given additional checks to estimate the extent of...
  • Watch: Israeli man describes heroic battle with terrorist

    10/25/2015 7:02:43 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 14 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 25/10/15 | Hezki Ezra
    ..... Video Ben-Aharon, a resident of the town of Meitzad in Gush Etzion, suffered wounds to his face when the terrorist hurled a rock through his windshield, and then stabbed him at least twice. Yet he still found the strength to grapple with his assailant, knocking the knife out of his hand before shooting and injuring the terrorist. Incredibly, due to the lack of cellphone coverage...Ben-Aharon was forced to drive roughly half a kilometer before he could call the police. The attack appears to have been a planned ambush; a tow truck blocked Ben-Aharon's way, and when he stopped...
  • Stab victim had to drive half a kilometer to get phone reception

    10/25/2015 7:47:04 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 20 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 25/10/15 | Eliran Aharon
    After experiencing numerous terror attacks on its roads in the past weeks – the most recent one on Sunday morning – officials of the Gush Etzion Regional Council were demanding full cellphone coverage on all roads, in order to enable victims of terror attacks and those threatened with violence to call for help, without having to search for a signal. Earlier Sunday, an Israeli man was stabbed by an Arab terrorist near the haredi community of Metzad in Gush Etzion. Security forces and Magen David Adom teams were immediately dispatched to the scene. The injured victim was taken to hospital...
  • Car Attack in Gush Etzion

    10/20/2015 1:43:56 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 12 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 20/10/15 | Ari Soffer
    Video Nearby CCTV cameras captured the moment an Arab driver slammed into Jewish pedestrians waiting at a hitchhiking post at Gush Etzion Junction, south of Jerusalem. The attack on Tuesday afternoon left two people injured. Soldiers at the scene shot the terrorist dead as he emerged from the car armed...
  • 'If UN Recognizes Palestine, Israel Must Annex in Judea-Samaria'

    12/27/2014 3:49:20 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 20 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 27/12/14 | Ari Yashar
    Likud Central Committee chairman Danny Danon, who is challenging Binyamin Netanyahu for leadership of the party, on Saturday night called on Israel to respond to an expected UN recognition of the Palestinian Authority (PA) as the "state of Palestine" by declaring sovereignty in Judea and Samaria. "We must clarify in the clearest terms to the world that every unilateral recognition of a Palestinian state will bring Israeli sovereignty," declared Danon in a meeting with Likud activists in Judea's Gush Etzion region. Prime among the attendants at the meeting were Kiryat Arba Regional Council head Malakhi Levinger and Deputy Gush Etzion...
  • Palestinian attacks family of 6, including young children, with acid

    12/12/2014 8:03:18 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 10 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 12/12/2014 | ITAMAR SHARON
    Seven people, including a family of five with young children, were lightly wounded in the West Bank Friday afternoon when a Palestinian man hurled acid into their car, before being shot and seriously wounded. The attack occurred near a checkpoint between the Gush Etzion settlement of Beitar Illit, where the family is from, and the Palestinian village of Husan, southwest of Jerusalem. Palestinian news agency Ma’an identified the attacker as Jamal Abd al-Majid Ghayatha, 45, from the West Bank village of Nahalin. Media networks affiliated with Hamas said the man was a former Palestinian prisoner in Israel jail, Israel Radio...
  • Young Woman Stabbed to Death at Gush Etzion Junction

    11/10/2014 4:26:13 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 9 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10/11/14
    Video Dalia Lemkos hy"d, 26, of Tekoa, was stabbed to death, and two other people were wounded in a terrorist attack at a hitchhiking station outside the town of Alon Shvut in Gush Etzion Monday evening - the second such attack in less than 12 hours. Lemkos died of neck wounds, according to paramedics. Chilling CC TV video shows the terrorist plowing into Lemkos with his car, then returning to stab her. The time of her funeral has not been released. A 26-year-old man who was also stabbed is in light to moderate condition and a 50-year-old was hurt...
  • Sisi Blames Israeli Lack of ‘Peace’ For Islamic State

    09/03/2014 1:35:03 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    INN ^ | 9/3/2014, 6:54 PM | Ari Yashar
    Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi blamed Israel for fueling terrorism in the Middle East by not making peace with the Palestinian Authority (PA) on Wednesday, in light of the tensions between the West and the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS). The lack of a “peace process” in Israel contributes to a “fertile environment for the growth and spread of extremism, violence and terrorism,” claimed Sisi, who violently overthrew former President Mohammed Morsi last July 3. […] Sisi has been critical towards Israel, despite serving as mediator between the Jewish state and the terrorist organization Hamas in negotiations that led to...
  • EU, U.S. Condemn State Land Designation

    09/02/2014 2:41:00 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 12 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/9/14 | Elad Benari
    Israel was again condemned on Tuesday over its decision to declare 4,000 dunams of land in Judea, mostly in Gush Etzion, as state land, with the European Union (EU) and the U.S. State Department being the latest ones to issue condemnations. "We condemn the new appropriation of land in the West Bank, relating to plans for further settlement expansion, announced by the Israeli government on Sunday,” said the EU in a statement. “Settlements are illegal under international law, constitute an obstacle to peace and threaten to render the two-state solution impossible. The EU reiterates that it will not recognize any...
  • Abbas: State Land Designation in Gush Etzion Ruins Peace

    08/31/2014 12:26:17 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 12 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 31/8/14 | Moshe Cohen
    alestinian Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas is livid over the decision by the government earlier Sunday to assign about 4,000 dunams (988 acres) of land in Judea and Samaria as state land. Most of the land involved is in the Gush Etzion region. The decision opens the possibility of further construction in the region. The decision is one of Israel's responses to the kidnapping and murder of Israeli teens Eyal Yifrah, Naftali Frenkel, and Gilad Sha'ar. The three were kidnapped in Gush Etzion and their bodies were found several weeks later in a field near Hevron. Speaking Sunday evening, Abbas spokesperson...
  • Hit and Run Terrorism at Gush Etzion Bus Stop

    07/26/2014 3:21:46 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 2 replies
    Jewish Press ^ | 25/7/14 | Tatzpit News Agency
    An Arab driver swerved into a group of people, mostly women and girls standing at a Gush Etzion Junction (Tzomet HaGush) bus stop. One woman (20) was injured in the attack, and was taken to Hadassah Ein Karen hospital. The driver drove off and was captured south of Gush Etzion. The driver claims it was an accident, but after reviewing the footage (below), the police believe... The footage was captured by the security camera overlooking the bus stop. Video
  • Shin Bet reveals identity of two main suspected kidnappers

    06/28/2014 2:48:27 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 1 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 26/6/14 | Yaakov Lapin
    The Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) revealed on Thursday the identity of the two chief suspects wanted for involvement in the kidnapping of three Israeli youths earlier this month. Both Marwan Kawasme and Amar Abu Aysha are from Hebron and longstanding Hamas members. The Shin Bet added that both were wanted as soon as security forces learned of the kidnapping. “Since then, the Shin Bet and IDF have been carrying out a wide-scale search aimed at capturing the wanted suspects,” the security agency stated. “The first aim is to track down the location of the abducted youths.” Eyal Yifrah, 19,...
  • Hikers Find Human Skull and Bones in Gush Etzion Cave

    04/23/2014 11:06:04 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    Jewish Press ^ | Sunday, April 20th, 2014 | Tazpit News Agency
    A surprised group of hikers in Gush Etzion stumbled across human bones in a cave near Ein Tzurim, according to police. The hikers immediately called 100 (Israel’s 911), and the police came to investigate. The police, once on the scene realized that this wasn’t a murder scene and called the Israel Antiquities Authority. A preliminary examination by their experts indicate that the bones are apparently those of Jews from the Second Temple period. Davidi Perl, the mayor of the Gush Etzion Regional Council discussed the discovery with Tazpit, “We’re talking about a very interesting discovery, and in retrospect, an incredibly...
  • Netanyahu reaffirms Israel claim to parts of West Bank

    01/24/2010 12:26:43 PM PST · by ColdOne · 222 replies · 1,818+ views
    Reuters ^ | January 24,2010 | Jeffrey Heller
    Our message is clear: We are planting here, we will stay here, we will build here, this place will be an inseparable part of the State of Israel for eternity," Netanyahu said in the Gush Etzion enclave. Speaking after meeting U.S. President Barack Obama's Middle East envoy in Jerusalem, Netanyahu vowed Israel would also keep its two biggest West Bank settlements, Maale Adumim and Ariel. His comments came as no surprise to the Palestinians, who were put on notice by
  • Minister: 1,000 New Homes to be Built in Judea

    06/14/2013 9:09:03 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 13/6/13 | Gil Ronen
    One thousand new housing units for Jews will be built in the Etzion Bloc, in Judea, the Minister of Construction and Housing annnounced. Minister Uri Ariel (Bayit Yehudi) met Wednesday with the Etzion Bloc Regional Council head Davidi Perl and discussed continued construction in the region, despite international pressure not to build homes for Jews there. The minister decided, in the course of the meeting, to make sure that “meaningful progress” takes place as regards several construction plans in the region. This includes the beginning of the planning process for a new 1,000-home neighborhood in the Gvaot neighborhood in Alon...
  • 3 Armed PA Arabs Caught in Gush Etzion

    05/05/2013 4:20:31 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 15 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 6/5/13
    Israeli security forces caught three Palestinian Authority Arabs near Kibbutz Migdal Oz in Gush Etzion on Sunday night. The three were found to be carrying improvised weapons and knives. .....
  • High Court Halts Destruction of Jewish Homes in Etzion Bloc

    02/13/2013 12:22:06 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 3 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 13/2/13 | Gil Ronen
    Supreme Court President Asher Grunis issued a temporary order Wednesday forbidding the IDF from continuing the demolition of homes at the Jewish community of Maaleh Rechavam in the Etzion Bloc. The order forbidding eviction and demolition activities will stand "until another decision is given." Meanwhile, dozens of nationalist activists demonstrated at the entrance to the Knesset building, to protest demolitions carried out at the community Wednesday morning. A large police force arrived at the spot. Seven protesters were arrested. Special Yassam police and Border Police were among the forces that sealed off approaches to Maaleh Rechavam in the morning, to...
  • Arabs Attempt to Storm Tree Planting, Jewish Town in Gush Etzion

    01/27/2013 2:37:11 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 18 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 27/1/13 | David Lev
    As Israelis in the town of Netzer in Gush Etzion attempted to participate in a tree-planting event organized by Women in Green, a mob of Arab thugs and international anarchists rioted, attempting to physically prevent the tree-planting from taking place. After an extended face-off, with a major riot nearly breaking out, the Arabs and anarchists left the planting site. .....
  • Rocket Hits Gush Etzion

    11/20/2012 5:53:38 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 51 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 20/11/12 | Tzvi ben Gedalyahu
    A rocket exploded in an open area near an Arab village in Gush Etzion around 2:15 p.m. as sirens wailed in Jerusalem during another barrage of rockets and missiles unleashed by Hamas. The missile exploded in an open area, and no one was injured. Minutes before the sirens rang out, an AFP correspondent in Gaza City reported hearing the loud report of an outgoing rocket. The attack was claimed by Hamas's armed wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, which said it had fired "an M75 rocket at the occupied city of Jerusalem." United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who spent the...
  • Man Bites Dog: Illegal Arab House Destroyed

    07/05/2011 1:23:31 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 5/7/11 | INN Staff
    The Civil Administration on Tuesday destroyed an Arab-owned house that was illegally erected in the heart of Gush Etzion. After the building's destruction Council Chairman Shaul Goldstein said it was "too little." "We encourage the civil administration personnel for persevering in the enforcement policy towards illegal Arab construction. In our opinion it is too little, but even this little serves as a most important deterrent in the struggle against the Arab takeover of our lands. The council will continue supervising the lands in its municipal boundaries and will prompt the civil administration to act on behalf of their preservation," Goldstein...
  • PA Arab Attacks Jewish Farmer with Hoe

    04/02/2011 2:48:11 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 15 replies · 1+ views
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 1/4/11 | Maayana Miskin
    A group of Palestinian Arab men attacked Jewish farmers on Friday morning near the town of Netzer in Gush Etzion. The attack, reported by Women for Israel's Future (formerly Women in Green) activists, was one in a series of similar incidents in the area. Six Arab men approached the farmers as they went about their work, and demanded that they leave, claiming that the land they were cultivating belongs to Arabs. When the farmers refused a fight broke out during which one of the PA men attacked a Jew with a hoe, causing him injuries. Police later arrested one of...
  • Carter on Settlements: Gush Etzion Will Remain Israeli “Forever”

    06/15/2009 11:35:08 AM PDT · by anotherview · 15 replies · 637+ views
    Blogs of Zion ^ | 15 June 2009 | Chana Martin
    Carter on Settlements: Gush Etzion Will Remain Israeli “Forever” Posted by Chana on Mon 15 Jun 2009 Yesterday former U.S. President Jimmy Carter visited Neveh Daniel and met with Shaul Goldstien, who leads the Gush Etzion Regional Council, in Goldstien’s home. Here are some of President Carter’s comments as reported by The Jerusalem Post:"This particular settlement area is not one I ever envision being abandoned or changed over into Palestinian territory.” He added that the Jewish communities in Gush Etzion are among a number of West Bank settlements “…that I think will be here forever.” The former President also thanked...
  • 55 minutes from Tel Aviv [Jews Everywhere! Arabs "Oppressed"]

    10/09/2006 7:06:03 AM PDT · by Alouette · 11 replies · 572+ views
    YNet ^ | Oct. 9, 2006 | Yehuda Litani
    Expansion of Gush Etzion continues unabated; Arabs pay price Once every few hours in recent days, Army Radio has been broadcasting commercials calling on Israeli citizens to visit the Gush Etzion area during the Sukkoth holiday to enjoy the various festivities being held there, such as treading grapes, a kite festival and jeep safaris. And all this, the commercial says, is just 55 minutes from Tel Aviv and 15 minutes from Jerusalem. During these pleasure tours over the holidays, participants will get a chance to see to what extent settlements and outposts have expanded (some illegally) in recent years. What...
  • Annexation? Colonies? Inflammatory U.K. Media Bias [Against Israel]

    03/09/2006 12:46:29 PM PST · by anotherview · 4 replies · 216+ views
    Israel, Zionism, and Aliya (blog) ^ | 9 March 2005 | Caitlyn Martin
    Thursday, March 09, 2006 Annexation? Colonies? Inflammatory U.K. Media Bias On March 6th The Scotsman ran a story with the incredible headline Israel 'plans to annex West Bank colonies' in response to Hamas. The story, of course, was about former GSS Chief and Kadima Knesset candidate Avi Dichter's detailing of Prime Minister Olmert's plans for unilateral withdrawal from most of Judea and Samaria. The headline was the most inflammatory part of the piece, of course, and it colors how a reader not intimately familiar with the history of the area and the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians will view...
  • Gov't Silent as Illegal Arab Building Cuts Off Gush Etzion

    01/19/2006 4:14:09 AM PST · by Esther Ruth · 10 replies · 306+ views ^ | 14:02 Jan 19, '06 / 19 Tevet 5766 | Ezra HaLevi
    Gov't Silent as Illegal Arab Building Cuts Off Gush Etzion 14:02 Jan 19, '06 / 19 Tevet 5766 By Ezra HaLevi As the government declares "war" on unauthorized Jewish communities, Arabs, funded by the Palestinian Authority, are deciding Israel's future borders through unhindered illegal building. An investigative report by Erez Tadmor, of the Hebrew weekly Makor Rishon, exposed the massive unauthorized Arab building projects, which are going on all over Gush Etzion, the 'settlement bloc' just south of Jerusalem that Prime Minister Ariel Sharon repeatedly claimed would remain in Jewish hands. Mr. Sharon insisted that a letter he received from...
  • IDF Destroys House in Gush Etzion ´Settlement Bloc´

    01/11/2006 12:35:25 PM PST · by Esther Ruth · 9 replies · 253+ views ^ | 22:20 Jan 11, '06 / 11 Tevet 5766 | Ezra HaLevi and Hillel Fendel
    IDF Destroys House in Gush Etzion ´Settlement Bloc´ 22:20 Jan 11, '06 / 11 Tevet 5766 By Ezra HaLevi and Hillel Fendel Police used severe violence in Gush Etzion, firing tear-gas grenades into a house sought to destroy, pepper-spraying protestors, and dragging and hitting those who interfered, injuring 12 youths. At the end of the day, the mixed secular/religious community of Sde Boaz saw a small house and stable destroyed, while thwarting the demolition of a large foundation for a future home was saved. Rubble of the home demolished in Sde Boaz, with the cities of Betar Illit and Tzur...
  • IDF Attempts to Destroy Homes in Gush Etzion 'Settlement Bloc'

    01/11/2006 5:00:12 AM PST · by Esther Ruth · 1 replies · 268+ views ^ | 12:54 Jan 11, '06 / 11 Tevet 5766 | Ezra HaLevi
    IDF Attempts to Destroy Homes in Gush Etzion 'Settlement Bloc' 12:54 Jan 11, '06 / 11 Tevet 5766 By Ezra HaLevi Without warning, a small community in the consensus region of Gush Etzion has become the center of the government's demolition efforts. Demolition forces face unexpected opposition. Residents of the community of Sde Boaz, twenty minutes south of Jerusalem, received less that 24 hours' notice that the Civil Administration, on orders from the government, planned to destroy a newly built house, the foundations of a large home and a large stable that were built over the summer. Border police, accompanied...
  • 'Annex Gush Etzion now!'

    11/17/2005 9:48:30 AM PST · by Esther Ruth · 1 replies · 207+ views ^ | Thursday, November 17, 2005 20:43 IST | Ryan Jones
    Thursday, November 17, 2005 20:43 IST JNW HEADLINE NEWS 'Annex Gush Etzion now!' By Ryan Jones November 17th, 2005 The security fence Israel is building in Judea and Samaria is not so much a means of fighting terrorism as it is a belated effort to impose the 1948 United Nations Partition Plan on the region, Jewish residents of Israel's biblical heartland say. “If the ‘settlement blocs’ that [Prime Minister Ariel] Sharon speaks about are really to exist and if there really is a consensus regarding Gush Etzion, Israel must assert sovereignty and annex the region into the State of Israel...
  • Mofaz tours E1 area, Gush Etzion, Affirms [Israel] will strengthen large settlement blocks

    11/16/2005 10:40:16 AM PST · by anotherview · 4 replies · 380+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 16 November 2005 | ERICA CHERNOFSKY
    Nov. 16, 2005 19:30 | Updated Nov. 16, 2005 20:03 Mofaz tours E1 area, Gush Etzion By ERICA CHERNOFSKYConstruction of the security fence in the Gush Etzion and Ma'ale Adumim area should begin as soon as possible, Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz said while visiting the West Bank settlements Wednesday. Mofaz met with the heads of the settlements and following his visit affirmed that the government will continue to strengthen the large settlements blocks, according to the Defense Ministry spokeswoman. He added that it would be these settlements that determine the eastern front of the state of Israel. He also said...
  • More Palestinian Terror Attacks - 10/27/2003

    10/27/2003 12:13:59 PM PST · by anotherview · 4 replies · 240+ views
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 27 October 2003
    Here are some of the latest headlines about Palestinians terrorist attacks, many against civillians, that are happening today alone. If no Israelis were killed it wasn't because the Palestinians weren't trying. Firebomb & Rock Attacks Continue on Gush Etzion-Hevron Road 20:43 Oct 27, '03 / 1 Cheshvan 5764 ( Motorists traveling on the Gush Etzion – Hevron road during the evening rush hour were targeted in a firebomb attack near Beit Omar and rock-throwing attacks near el-Aroub. There were no reports of injuries. Oslo War Running in the Background 15:44 Oct 27, '03 / 1 Cheshvan 5764 Arab gunmen opened...
  • Riskin: Efrat to outlast Yossi Beilin (more on "Swiss Agreement")

    10/13/2003 8:19:36 AM PDT · by anotherview · 2 replies · 144+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 13 October 2003 | GIL HOFFMAN
    Oct. 13, 2003 Riskin: Efrat to outlast Yossi Beilin By GIL HOFFMAN Residents of Efrat are not losing any sleep worrying about the Geneva Initiative, Efrat Chief Rabbi Shlomo Riskin said on Monday. The plan, hammered out by a group of Palestinians and Israeli leftists over the weekend, would leave the 8,000 resident Gush Etzion community outside the borders of the State of Israel as part of a final-status agreement. But Riskin said he does not expect the initiative of former Justice Minister Yossi Beilin and former Palestinian Culture Minister Yasser Abed Rabbo to gain enough legitimacy to threaten Efrat....