Netanyahu: ‘I will keep’ promise to build new community in Judea and Samaria


( Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Thursday he plans to construct, for the first time in 25 years, a new community in Judea and Samaria.

In Jerusalem, an encampment of protest tents of evicted residents from the Amona settlement outpost. The evacuees have demanded that the Israeli government establish a new community for them. Credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

“I had promised from the start that I would create a new settlement. It seems to me that I made that commitment in December and I will keep it today,” Netanyahu told reporters before a meeting with Slovakian President Andrej Kiska.

He added, “There were will be more details about this in a few hours.” 

The prime minister was referring to a public commitment he made to 40 families from the settlement outpost of Amona, who were evacuated from their homes in February in a controversial move by the Israeli government over Palestinian land ownership claims. Netanyahu had pledged to create a new community for the Amona evacuees.

Israel reportedly recently rejected a request by the Trump administration to freeze construction in isolated settlement blocs, but the Jewish state subsequently denied that the U.S. made the request to begin with.

Posted on March 30, 2017 .