Lieberman on Amona Evacuation: Settlers Must Avoid Confrontation With IDF Soldiers

Amona residents said Monday that they would build a tent city housing 'thousands' of people to fight the court-ordered evacuation of the illegal West Bank outpost.

Amona leaders at a press conference, November 15, 2016.
Amona leaders at a press conference, November 15, 2016. Olivier Fitoussi

Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Tuesday that Amona residents and protesters must avoid confrontation with Israeli soldiers during the court-ordered evacuation of the illegal West Bank outpost of Amona, set to take place by the end of 2016.

In recent days, Israel Police Judea and Samaria commander and deputy commissioner Moshe Barkat asked prominent Amona residents to refrain from violence during the evacuation.

According to sources familiar with the conversation, the residents said they would not commit any violence during the evacuation. However, they said they could not control the behaior of non-Amona residents expected to protest the evacuation, nor do they intend to control their behavior.

Speaking during a meeting with Israeli soldiers on Tuesday, Lieberman said the talk I've heard this morning is unacceptable."

Amona residents said Monday that they would build a tent city housing "thousands" of people to fight the court-ordered evacuation.

Settlers protest against the slated evacuation of Amona, an illegal West Bank outpost, in front of the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem, November 11, 2016.
Emil Salman

Avichai Boaron, a leader of the Amona settlers, told journalists before the protest meeting that the residents will "stand like a wall, along with thousands of others who will come here on the day of the evacuation."

To house the expected thousands, the Amona residents will soon begin building a tent city on the hill on which the outpost stands, to "protest and do all we can to prevent Amona from falling," Boaron said.