Amona

Israeli Lawmakers Approve First New West Bank Settlement in Decades

Senior lawmakers voted unanimously Thursday to establish a new West Bank settlement for families evicted from the razed Amona outpost, the first new Jewish town in the territory since the 1993 Oslo Accords, amid intense negotiations with the US over settlement building.

The Israeli flag flutters as settlers one in a prayer shawls or Talit bunker down on the roof of one of the nine houses marked for destruction in the Amona settlement in the West Bank, northeast of the town of Ramallah, 31 January 2006.