A senior Israeli army officer issued an order on Sunday designating a parcel of land in the northern West Bank for the construction of a new settlement for the former residents of the unauthorized Amona outpost.
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Amihai, as the new community is to be called, will be built in an area called Givat Geulat Zion. The order issued by the chief of Central Command, Maj. Gen. Roni Numa, also adds 170 dunam (around 42 acres) of state land to the Binyamin Regional Council. It was signed after the cabinet approved the construction of a new settlement.
Amona evacuees welcomed the decision while demanding further steps to facilitate their move. “It is sadly too early to celebrate,” Amona spokesman Avihai Boaron said.
Amona evacuees had rejected a number of alternatives, including their absorption into existing settlements such as Shvut Rahel. The Binyamin Regional Council recently received approval to expand its jurisdiction to accommodate a new neighborhood in Shvut Rahel for the former Amona residents, even though that plan fell through.