Evyatar: One of the Many Doors to Historic Israel
Evyatar A Brief History
On 30 April 2013 Evyatar Borovsky, a father of five from the settlement of Yitzhar
was murdered by the arab terrorist Salam As'ad Zaghal while waiting for a bus at
the Tapuah Junction
A month following the murder, the Nachala Settlement Movement and the
Samaria Regional Council, along with 50 families founded the town of Evyatar.
Modular homes were built, roads were paved as it became one of the fastest town
creations in the history of the settlement movement. But it failed when the Israeli
government decided to evict the families and destroy their homes.
Fast forward to 2 May 2021
Yehuda Guetta, a 19-year-old yeshivah student was murdered by the arab terrorist,
Muntasir Shalabi, while waiting for a bus at the Tapuah Junction. Yehuda, a
student at the Itamar Hesder Yeshiva is survived by his parents, four brothers and
The Nachala Settlement Movement led by Daniella Weiss and the Samaria
Regional Council rebuilt Evyatar in the aftermath of the May 2021 terror attack.
Israel’s Supreme Court rejects Arab claims regarding Evyatar
15 August 2021
“The Israeli Supreme Court unanimously rejected a petition submitted by a group of
Palestinian Arabs against the agreement between the government and the (former)
residents of the Samarian town of Evyatar.”
Responding to the ruling, Samaria Regional Council head Yossi Dagan said, “We took a significant step forward today with regard to the settlement of the town of Evyatar.”
15 August 2021:
Swastika lit on fire near Jewish town in Samaria: Arabs from Palestinian Authority town light Star of David, swastika, on fire. On the same day The Israeli Court rejected Arab claims to Evyatar (above) Arabs rioted and lit a swastika-shaped fire in the Palestinian Authority of Beita, near the out-skirts of Evyatar.
Samaria Regional Council Head Yossi Dagan commented: "The continuation of these barbaric riots by the terrorists from Beita, and the force of the violent opposition funded by the Palestinian Authority, prove how much of a strategic location Evyatar is, and how important it is for the settlement.”
12 October 2021:
Bennett government expected to legalize Samaria outpost Evyatar; Defense Minister Gantz, PM expected to green light establishment of new town in Samaria after Evyatar found to be state land.
The Defense Ministry’s Civil Administration has found that 60 dunams (15 acres) of land in the Evyatar community is Israel state land, making it eligible for state recognition.
26 October 2021:
Settlement leader: Minister's Anti-Zionist opinion will not stand, Evyatar will be rebuilt; Daniella Weiss hopes Minister Michaeli's determination that 'Evyatar will not rise' won't be the one to determine the government's policy.
In response Daniella Weiss commented: “people who live in Israel are supposed to care about Israel's interests are expressing themselves in such a way that harms, by definition, Israel's interests. When the settlements in Judea and Samaria began, there were positive consequences for the establishment of observatories in the Galilee, if only that could continue."
2 February 2022:
Attorney General gives final approval to deal saving Samaria outpost. On last day in office, AG Mandelblit approves deal to normalize status of Evyatar outpost, build new yeshiva. Israeli Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit signs on a deal reached last year to save Evyatar from demolition, instead converting the site into a Hesder Yeshiva.
Under the ‘Evyatar Compromise’, a deal reached between Defense Minister Benny Gantz (Blue and White), Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked (Yamina), and settlement leaders with Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s backing, the more than 50 families residing at the site voluntarily evacuated last summer.
In exchange the government promised not to demolish the outpost, and instead use it to house IDF soldiers.
A new yeshiva is slated to be built at Evyatar, with a residential neighborhood to be built at a later date.
11 October 2022:
Evyatar families celebrate Sukkot at Tapuah Junction. Evyatar residents, waiting over a year for the government to keep its promise for recognition, celebrate the Sukkot holiday at Tapuah Junction. A year and a half after signing an agreement with the government, according to which a yeshiva would be established in Evyatar the families came to celebrate Sukkot at the nearby Tapuah Junction.
IDF forces and the Border Police did not allow the families to celebrate the holiday in Evyatar
Defense Minister Benny Gantz (National Unity party) is delaying the establishment of the yeshiva.
Daniela Weiss commented "We don't need to wait for more terrorist acts to return to Evyatar. Gantz must keep his promise. Sukkot will be held in the area."
Co-chairman of Nachala, Zvi Elimelech Sharaf, states, "The government made the commitment to establish the yeshiva in Evyatar immediately after the land survey. Benny Gantz did not keep his promise. We demand that the yeshiva be established immediately and the families re-settled there."
Hadar Bar Chai of Evyatar adds: "We came with our eight children from Avnei Eitan in the Golan, together with other Evyatar families, to celebrate Sukkot.We demand that the Israeli government fulfill its commitment and establish the yeshiva immediately, and allow us to celebrate Sukkot in Evyatar." (see photo)
27 October 2022:
Rabbi Druckman: 'A promise was made regarding Evyatar, and it wasn't kept' A year and a half after the residents of the Samaria outpost agreed to evacuate, the government has not held up its side of the agreement.
Rabbi Druckman continues, "We received a promise regarding Evyatar, that was a year ago, and until now it hasn't been fulfilled; promises must be kept. That's the basics of man. Being trustworthy and keeping promises, and that is what we expect now, too."
Samaria Region Chief Rabbi, Rabbi Elaykim Levanon, Gantz promised that he will uphold his word. We agreed on this promise, and the people of Evyatar left with consent, and it was a terrible sacrifice. We trusted his word, I personally feel insulted when a public figure says something and doesn't stand behind it. For a year he's made us come and go, and he hasn't stood by his word, it's personally offensive, it's offensive to the Nation of Israel and offensive to Evyatar. I expect that the current Defense Minister or whoever succeeds him, keep his promise."
Daniela Weiss mentioned something that Gantz had said during one of their meetings: During a meeting between Rabbi Levanon, Tzvi Elimelech, Yossi Dagan, and the Defense Minister, the matter of Evyatar's strategic position was raised. the Defense Minister said “if Evyatar has top strategic importance, there's no sense in keeping the place unprotected.” Thank G-d the army is there, but we pulled 53 families out of there, it has come time we build a glorious town there."
12 January 2023: B"H WE WILL RETURN TO EVYATAR SOON