On 17 February 2005, the minister of defense announced that the procedure would no longer be used. In the period between October 2001 (when Israel began once again to demolish homes as a means of punishment in the Occupied Territories, after four years in which it had not used this measure) and the end of January 2005, Israel demolished 664 houses as punishment.
Despite this decision, in 2009, Israel demolished one housing unit in East Jerusalem and sealed two.
In January 2009, two housing units were sealed in East Jerusalem, as a result of which 24 persons lost their home.
In April 2009, one housing unit was demolished in East Jerusalem, and four people lost their home.
In addition, the IDF partially demolished two homes (one in Dec. 2001 and one in July 2002), and sealed three houses (in Jan. 2003). In Feb. 2002, the IDF began demolishing another home during the arrest of a suspect, and the demolition was completed after the individual left the house, apparently as a punitive measure.
In some cases, the army demolished houses immediately after operations to arrest wanted persons. For example, in February 2002, the army began to demolish a house in the course of arresting a wanted person. Although the person left the house, the army completed the demolition. Such instances raise the suspicion that the demolition was a punitive measure, as opposed to the army's contention that it was necessary in order to effect the arrest operation. However, since the house was not demolished pursuant to a military order, these houses appear in the category of “demolition on pretext of military need”.