JERUSALEM, Israel - Israeli Public Security Minister Avi Dichter (Kadima) vowed to empty Beit HaShalom (the peace house) within 30 days.
Jewish residents, who purchased the building from a local Arab, took occupancy in March 2007. Twenty-four families live in the building, located near the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron.
"Within 30 days, this house will be cleared out and turned over to the State until the court issues its verdict," Dichter told YNet news. Law enforcement agents are ready to use force, if necessary, Dichter said.
Dichter's statement followed strategy meetings on Thursday with defense, military, police and Shin Bet (General Security Agency) officials, after the government postponed Wednesday's expulsion, which would have complied with a 72-hour eviction notice issued by the High Court.
Rather than allow the residents to remain in their homes until the ownership issue is settled. the court ruled that the 24 families have to leave their homes in the interim.
The Arab who sold the building allegedly retracted his offer. Palestinian Authority law prohibits Arabs from selling property to Jews.
Source: Israel National News