Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Building of new West Bank settlement begins

Construction began Tuesday on a West Bank settlement for Israelis to replace one demolished earlier this year, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced.

The new outpost, named Amichai, is the first West Bank settlement built in 25 years, and will house evacuees from Amona, which was razed after a court ruled it was illegally constructed on Palestinian-owned land.

"Today, ground works began, as I promised, for the establishment of the new community for the residents of Amona. After decades, I have the privilege to be the prime minister who is building a new community in Judea and Samaria," Netanyahu said. He used the Biblical references for the West Bank, territories captured by Israel in 1967.

The new settlement is the first of its kind to be built since the 1993 Oslo peace accords.

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