HEBRON, Israel - Jewish residents living in a disputed property in Hebron have no intention of complying with a ruling by the High Court ordering them to evacuate their homes within 72 hours.
Though residents have presented evidence of the building's legal purchase and petitioned the court to allow them to remain in their homes until the matter is cleared up, the judges ruled that the State would assume ownership in the interim.
Speaking at a conference marking the murder of right-wing activist Meir Kahane 18 years ago, Michael Ben-Horin refuted the decision by the ultra-liberal justices.
"Why should the residents of the house of peace leave? What is the High Court - a Jerusalem branch of [ultra left-wing] Meretz or [Arab party] Hadash? [Islamic Movement leader] Raed Salah demands that we leave too - so what?" he continued.
"We [Israelis] are surrounded by enemies. We have Hezbollah to the north, Iran in the east and Hamas in the south. I am an IDF [Israel Defense Forces] officer, a father of two commando soldiers," he said.
"To our great sorrow, the current regime is doing everything in its power to drive a wedge between Jews and weaken our fortitude. The heart aches," Ben-Horin said, predicting that an evacuation will bring "violence, hatred, polarization and a weakening of the IDF."
Source: YNet news