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Israel Legalizes West Bank Outpost Where Slain Rabbi Lived

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Men work on the roof of a house under construction in Havat Gilad, Nov. 5, 2013. Photo: Reuters / Nir Elias / File.

Israel granted legal status on Sunday to a previously unauthorized outpost in the West Bank in response to a Palestinian shooting attack last month that killed one of its residents.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the decision to retroactively authorize the 50-family outpost of Havat Gilad was meant to “allow the continuation of normal life there.”

The decision was approved unanimously by Israel’s cabinet.

On Jan. 9, Havat Gilad resident Rabbi Raziel Shevach was shot dead from a passing vehicle as he drove near his home.

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