Netanyahu assures Kerry: “We will search for an alternative solution for Amona residents”

This evening, the Israeli Prime Minister and the US Secretary of State discussed the Obama administration’s harsh criticism concerning settlement expansion. Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu reassured US Secretary of State Kerry that his government is discussing other possible solutions for the Amona issue.
Netanyahu and Kerry Photo Credit: Amos Ben Gershom GPO/Channel 2 News

This evening, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke with US Secretary of State John Kerry over the phone. The two discussed the issue of the Israeli outpost of Amona and Shvut Rachel, an Israeli settlement in the West Bank. Netanyahu clarified that construction in Shvut Rachel is intended to be an alternative for Amona residents if another solution is not found.

According to Channel 2 News, Netanyahu has held a series of discussions together with Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, Israeli Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit and other government officials. These discussions are taking place in order to find an alternative solution to the Amona issue and in order to prevent situations of this sort from occurring in the future.

The phone conversation between the two comes just after Jerusalem and Washington, D.C. swapped a series of allegations regarding settlement expansion in Binyamin. The Obama administration accused Netanyahu of violating the military aid agreement, which included a prerequisite about the construction in the area being halted.

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