‘The days of uprooting communities are over’

Members of the National Union-Tekuma faction of the Jewish Home party on Wednesday evening visited the town of Amona, in Samaria, which is slated for demolition later this year.

Amona – located near the town of Ofra in Samaria's Binyamin Region – has been deemed illegal by the Israeli Supreme Court, which has ruled that the village was constructed on private Arab land.

Residents reject the claim that their community is built on private Arab-owned land, accusing nearby Arab villagers of fabricating the claims at the encouragement of left-wing agitators.

During the visit Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel declared that “the days of uprooting communities in the Land of Israel are over.”

“We will act to prevent the eviction of this community which has been here for 20 years – with more than 40 families and 200 children. This is an issue stemming from political persecution by extreme leftist organizations. We all remember the terrible images here from ten years ago – and no one wants to repeat that,” he continued.

“We hope and believe that the government will find a way to regulate Amona through legislation or in any other way so that the question of the unity of the coalition will not be relevant,” added Ariel.

Also participating in the tour was MK Bezalel Smotrich who said, “There is a good solution and we are working at the highest levels to achieve it. There is no such thing relocation of communities. This isn’t a Word document – there is no copy and paste.”

Earlier on Wednesday, Education Minister and Jewish Home chairman Naftali Bennett told Arutz Sheva that he would work on behalf of Amona.

“I’ll say this very clearly: there is no way that a right-wing government will destroy a veteran community. We didn’t join the government in order to expel Jews from their homes. The Prime Minister received a very clear message from us – it is absolutely essential to find a solution for Amona, and we will use as much of our political power as needed to find a solution,” he stressed.

Source: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/213987

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