Since the murder of three Israeli teenagers on June 12, settlers have quietly set up three new outposts — named Ramat Hashlosha, Tkoa E and Talmei Haim — across the southern West Bank, according to a Peace Now report released Monday.
There are already trailer homes positioned there that have been hooked up to electricity and water, which could only have been done with active cooperation and support by the local authorities and army. Considering the defense minister himself proposed a new settlement be established in honor of Gilad Shear, Naftali Fraenkel and Eyal Ifrach, it isn’t surprising that the state is enabling (and abetting) these latest developments. Ramat Hashlosha, which literally means, “hill of the three,” is in fact named after the three teenagers.
This is certainly a form of revenge.
According to Peace Now, “if the government doesn’t evict them in the coming days, it will be much harder to remove them and they will stay and develop as settlements. The settlers might continue to seize the opportunity of the current political and security situation in order create more facts on the ground.”