Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu decided in a meeting on Thursday with some of his right-wing ministers to ask the high court of justice for a six-month delay in evacuating the illegal West Bank outpost of Amona.
According to Israel’s Channel 10, the decision to appeal to the court was made after education minister Naftali Bennett, who heads the Bayit Yehudi party, threatened Netanyahu that his party would leave the coalition if the evacuation of Amona was not postponed or canceled.
Netanyahu then met with Bennett, justice minister Ayelet Shaked (Bayit Yehudi), war minister Avigdor Lieberman and other senior government officials in order to find a solution to Amona, which was built in 1995 on Palestinian-owned land east of Ramallah.
The government now plans to let Amona stay on the same hilltop but not at its current location. The goal is to make every effort to relocate it to a nearby annexed plot of Palestinian land.
The high court has already given the government two years to arrange Amona’s evacuation.
(Source / 14.10.2016)