BENNETT PLEDGES TO PUSH FOR NEW SETTLEMENT FOR AMONA EVACUEES
Israeli minister of education Naftali Bennett (Jewish Home) has promised settlers of the evacuated Amona outpost that he would push for a new settlement for them in the West Bank.
According to Israel Hayom newspaper, Bennett visited evicted Amona residents Monday at their protest tent outside the prime minister’s office in Jerusalem, where they have been on hunger strike since Thursday in protest at halted plans to relocate them to an another settlement.
The West Bank outpost of Amona was evicted in February following a court order, which had been delayed several times.
Bennett told the protesters he would fulfill his word to provide them with a new place to live, saying that “agreements must be honored.”
“I am committed to the agreement we have formulated with you, and I will stand firm so that the agreement is implemented soon, in accordance with the prime minister’s commitment, and so the government will make a decision at its next meeting regarding the establishment of the new settlement.”
The newspaper said that Bennett had asked Netanyahu at a recent coalition meeting about what he decided about the new settlement promised to Amona residents. Netanyahu responded, saying that the “complex” matter had not yet been agreed upon with the US administration, and requested a few more days to discuss the possibility with the Americans.
(Source / 07.03.2017)