Israeli Minister: Netanyahu Will 'Keep His Word' to Build New Settlement for Amona Evacuees

Netanyahu said Trump's request that Israel rein in West Bank construction complicates the development of a new settlement.

Education Minister Naftali Bennett.
Moti Milrod

Education Minister Naftali Bennett said Monday that he is sure Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will "keep his word" and build a new settlement for those expelled from the illegal Amona outpost.

Speaking at a conference in Jerusalem, Bennett said that Netanyahu "signed an agreement" with the residents of Amona, adding that he's "sure Netanyahu will keep his word." 

On Sunday, Netanyahu told his security cabinet that Trump's request that Israel rein in settlement construction makes it difficult to push for the establishment of a new settlement for Amona’s former residents. Netanyahu told the ministers they will probably need to come up with another solution for the evacuees, despite the promise to build a new settlement for them. 

Amona's residents were forcibly evicted on February 2 after the High Court of Justice ruled that they had to leave because the outpost was built illegally on private Palestinian land. Following their evacuation, the residents voted on where they want to settle next and chose a site on what they claim is state land in the Shilo settlement.