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Outpost

Parental Settlement: Ma’ale Shomron

Established: 2000

Distance from Green Line: 7.9 km

Inside of Separation Barrier

The outpost contains 18 trailers and 1 permanent structure.

Statement about the outpost in the Sasson Report which was published in March 2005:
Name of outpost in the report: El Matan
Date established: July 2000.
The closest settlement:  Ma’ale Shomron, at a distance of 1 km as the crow flies.
Government or Minister of Defense approval for its establishment: None (there is a decision with regard to Ma’ale Shomron).
Nature of land rights: State lands.
Body which allocated the land: Allocation agreement with the Zionist Histadrut until 2041.
Planning status: There is a valid detailed plan.  According to this plan, the area of the outpost lies within the future residential boundaries.
Jurisdiction: Ma’ale Shomron Regional Council.  Within the boundaries of the settlement.
Number of inhabitants: 12 families.
Type of construction:  17 caravans; a guard tower; a water tank; a generator; a tin cabin; 4 foundations for placing caravans, illumination and a perimeter road.
Body financing the establishment: The Ministry of Housing financed infrastructures in the amount of 700,000 NIS, and public buildings in the sum of 150,000 NIS.  TOTAL:  850,000 NIS.
Connection to electricity grid: The approval for connection to electricity grid has been withdrawn..
Connection to water system:  According to Mekorot – they apparently “pull” water from Ma’ale Shomron
Note:  At the time, a road was laid by the IDF as an emergency road.  It was improved by a civilian body.  The road is located within the boundaries of Palestinian private land.  An attorney has filed a protest on behalf of the Palestinians.  In the meantime, the State Attorney has been requested to approve the access road and to approve the matter of a seizure injunction. (I do not know if he has dealt with the request yet).