Amona evacuees call on Netanyahu to honor their deal

Following Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's meeting with US President Donald Trump, the evacuated Amona residents are angry after hearing that Netanyahu may reconsider re-establishing the Amona settlement as agreed upon in the evacuation deal.
Amona's evacuation deal included re-establishing settlement elsewhere Photo Credit: Jonathan Sindel, Flash90/Channel 2 News

Amona evacuees are expressing their anger after hearing the news from Washington that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may backtrack on his promise to establish a new settlement for Amona’s evacuated community. This morning (Friday), leader of the Amona community Avichai Boaron discussed the difficult conditions the evacuated families are living under and demanded that the Prime Minister keep his promise.

Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett also addressed the issue on Twitter, "We must uphold our commitments. The Prime Minister signed an agreement to establish a new settlement for the residents of Amona - I'm sure he will come through." Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked tweeted, "The government is committed to the agreement signed with the residents of Amona and we have no intention to violate it. There will be a new community for residents of Amona as we committed."

Avichai Boaron, the head of the Amona community (Archives) Photo Credit: Channel 2 News

"I do not understand as a citizen how the State of Israel can say that it’s reconsidering [the settlements] again," said Boaron in an interview this morning with Israel Army Radio. "I am ashamed to hear this. What will the citizens of Israel say about agreements being signed and not being honored? We expect the Prime Minister and government to fulfill this agreement and re-establish a new community as promised in the agreement signed back in December."

Boaron explained that under this agreement, the evacuees were to move into permanent structures on the new site already on March 31. "Meanwhile, we are still living in a hostel of crowded rooms, large families - 8 persons per room, adults and kids in the same room, awaiting that they will stand by their word.”

Trump called on Netanyahu to curb settlement building Photo Credit: CNN/Channel 2 News

In the interview, Boaron tried stepping into Netanyahu's shoes when Trump called for Netanyahu to temporarily halt settlement construction during their meeting on Wednesday: "If I were in Netanyahu's place, I would say, Mr. President, this is an unusual humanitarian issue, let’s exclude them, these friends I have committed to.”

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