Netanyahu Announces Plan for New West Bank Settlement Amid Evacuation of Amona

Israeli security forces carry a settler from the Amona outpost, northeast of Ramallah, on February 1, 2017 as they evict the hardline occupants of the wildcat settlement outpost in line with a High Court ruling that determined the homes were built on private Palestinian land. Israeli police began evicting dozens …

The Times of Israel reports: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday announced plans for the establishment of a new West Bank settlement to replace the illegal outpost of Amona, that is currently being evacuated and demolished as per a court order.

The settlement would be the first new one to be built in some 25 years.

While Israel stopped establishing settlements in the early 1990s, outposts set up since then have been retroactively given approval, and existing settlements have expanded their footprints, sometimes being neighborhoods of existing settlements in name only.

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