Israel PM makes another appeal for settlers


JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's prime minister is again siding with Jewish settlers trying to remain in West Bank homes they occupied illegally.

The Israeli army had ordered the settlers out of a house in Hebron by Tuesday afternoon because they had not received the military's approval to live there.

But government spokesman Mark Regev says Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has now asked Defense Minister Ehud Barak -- who has final authority in the West Bank -- to let the settlers stay while they "make their legal case."

Barak has not announced his intentions.

Netanyahu's intercession in the Hebron case came weeks after his government requested the delay of a Supreme Court order to dismantle an unsanctioned West Bank settler enclave, Migron. The Supreme Court rejected the request.