In the wake of Sunday night’s terror shooting attack near Ofra, Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked has called on Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to act in his capacity as Defense Minister and authorize the legal standing of the town. As Defense Minister, Netanyahu need just to sign a document approving building and security regulations.
“We must institute a ‘price list’ for terrorism, to compete with the prices that Mahmoud Abbas pays terrorists from the coffers of the Palestinian Authority for their murders of Jews,” Shaked said Monday. “Every terror attack must strengthen Jewish settlement instead of weakening it. All potential terrorists must know in advance that the strengthening of settlements will be due to his actions.”
Although Ofra is recognized as a local authority, significant parts of it are on lands claimed by Palestinians. The government has not authorized construction in these areas, but it has attempted to defend construction in lawsuits before the High Court.