(JNS.org) 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.
“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.