A settler leader has barricaded himself and dozens of others, refusing to evacuate his home. Sporting an automatic rifle, he has threatened to shoot police and soldiers:
As the evacuation of the small seaside settlement of Shirat Hayam started Thursday, in nearby Kfar Yam tensions mounted around the home of Datya and Aryeh Yitzhaki, where dozens of extremists were barricaded, vowing to resist the evacuation until the end.
Top-ranking police chiefs and IDF officers arrived at the scene and attempted to negotiate with Yitzhaki as he stood on his balcony waving an M-16 automatic rifle.
He warned journalists to get away from his house so that they wouldn't get in the crossfire when he opened fire. Hundreds of soldiers amassed around the house, as the journalists and photographers were ushered away from the building. One police officer said that security forces suspected that the group of radicals might be armed with a number of guns and explosives.…
IDF Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Dan Halutz arrived in Kfar Yam early in the early afternoon, as concerns grew that the extremists holed up in the Yitzhaki compound might resort to violence.
Surrounded by a fence of barbed wire to shore up his makeshift fortress, Yitzhaki shouted to the evacuating forces over a loudspeaker: "I promise you that if you come anywhere near here you will be stopped!"
Witnesses said that a number of loud cracks were heard as Yitzhaki fired into the air, while shouting at soldiers to retreat.…