Seeing no sign of new construction, Amona evacuees urge Netanyahu to 'keep his word'

Over a month after being promised a new settlement, the families of the evacuated West Bank outpost are still not seeing any progress. In a sharp letter to Netanyahu, they have accused him of bowing to US pressure.
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A group of Amona evacuees have sent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a letter urging him to carry out his pledge to build a new settlement for them. "It's been five weeks and we're still abandoned like dogs," they wrote.

The construction of a new settlement in place of Amona, the evacuees added, would "heal" the Israeli society from the tragedy of the evacuation. "People are fed up with seeing settlements being destroyed and people yanked out of their homes," they said.

The evacuees also implied that Netanyahu is postponing the construction of a new settlement out of pressure coming from the White House. "Even now, that Obama is gone, you are still afraid of what the Americans will have to say," they wrote. "You've been chosen to lead, not to be led."

"It hurts to see that the prime minister, let alone that of a right-wing government, isn't honoring his commitment," the evacuees concluded.

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