The Israeli Government has decided to take a strong stand against a group of more than fifty religious nationalists who are reported to have settled in the ancient city of Shiloh in the occupied West Bank area.
The Israeli Government has decided to take a strong stand against a group of more than fifty religious nationalists who are reported to have settled in the ancient city of Shiloh in the occupied West Bank area. The group belonging to the Gush Emunim sect, moved into the ancient ruins to start excavating, but is apparently refusing to move out.
SYNOPSIS: The Israeli Cabinet met to discuss just how they could solve the problem, which is causing embarrassment in the light of current Israeli-Egyptian negotiations on settlements, Cabinet spokesman Arye Naor faced a barrage of press questions on just what had been decided regarding the status of the people in Shiloh....were they settlers or diggers?
At the moment there is not much at Shiloh, but the group of archaeologists have made it clear that they intend staying, in spite if warnings that if they do, they will be going against Prime Minister Begin's recent declaration that new Jewish settlements would only be permitted inside existing Israeli army camps.
There is a military presence at Shiloh, but the argument rests on what an army camp as such actually consists of. Israeli soldiers are keeping a close watch on the digging operations, and any of the archaeologists who stray beyond the limits of the ancient city are promptly ushered back to the centre of operations, where they are allowed to get on with their work.