Neveh Erez

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Neveh Erez
Council Mateh Binyamin
Region West Bank
Founded 1999

Neveh Erez (Hebrew: נווה ארז‎, lit. Erez Home), also known as Mitzpe Erez (Hebrew: מצפה ארז‎, lit. Erez Lookout), is an Israeli outpost in the West Bank. Located near Ma'ale Mikhmas, it falls under the jurisdiction of the Mateh Binyamin Regional Council. It is home to around 8 families.

The outpost was established in 1999, but was vacated several times before being made permanent in 2001. It was named after Erez Gerstein,[1] an IDF commander killed in Lebanon.

Israeli outposts are illegal under Israeli law. The international community further considers all Israeli settlements, including outposts, in the West Bank illegal under international law, but the Israeli government disputes this.[2][3]


Neveh Erez was established in 1999.

In 1999 the Yesha Council made an agreement with then Prime Minister Ehud Barak to dismantle a number of illegal outposts, among them Neveh Erez. In October of that year residents from Neveh Erez and Mitzpe Hagit moved to Mitzpe Dani, planning to remain there until permits allowing them to return were issued.[4]


  1. ^ Eiran, Ehud (May 2007). The Essence of Longing: General Erez Gerstein and the War in Lebanon (in Hebrew). Miskal - Yedioth Ahronoth Books and Chemed Books.
  2. ^ "The Geneva Convention". BBC News. 10 December 2009. Retrieved 27 November 2010.
  3. ^ Ġānim, Asʻad (2010), Palestinian Politics After Arafat: A Failed National Movement, Indiana University Press, p. 32, all forms of settlement in the occupied territories are considered prohibited under international law, Israel considers only settlement “outposts” illegal.
  4. ^ Margot Dudkevitch (October 26, 1999). "More encampments expected to be dismantled this week". Jerusalem Post. p. 3. Retrieved August 24, 2012.

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