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“No one wants more violence, but when there is no justice and when the racist government that doesn’t let the Jews buy a house in the land of Israel …. I think violence is a reaction to the racist government,” Marzel said.
The raid came shortly after Netanyahu announced new moves to try to save unauthorized settler construction in the West Bank from demolition.
Netanyahu said he asked the attorney general to find a way to save the unauthorized Ulpana outpost from its Supreme Court-ordered demolition. Five apartment buildings are to be razed by May 1.
Netanyahu said he also plans to supply the necessary approvals to legalize three other enclaves settlers built without government authorization.
About 500,000 Jews have moved to the West Bank and east Jerusalem since Israel captured the territories in the 1967 Mideast war.
Palestinians want both territories as the heart of their hoped-for state and see all settlement there as undercutting their aspirations to statehood. The international community opposes all settlement construction.
Settlements in occupied territory have been the key sticking point since Netanyahu became prime minister three years ago.
Negotiations have been largely frozen during that time, though Netanyahu is to hold a rare meeting with Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad after the Jewish Passover holiday ends in late April, officials on both sides said.
Palestinian officials said Fayyad would present a letter asking to resume peace talks based on several conditions that Netanyahu has rejected in the past. They include basing border talks on the lines Israel held before capturing the West Bank, east Jerusalem and Gaza Strip in 1967 and recognizing east Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state.
Israel withdrew from Gaza in 2005 though it still controls its land crossing with the territory and blockades its coast.
In other developments, the Israeli military shot dead a Palestinian man who approached the Gaza Strip’s border with Israel overnight. The military said it suspected he was a militant. There was no word on the man’s identity.
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