Shaked: We’re looking into the possiblity of relocating Amona

August 8, 2016  

Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked toured the Har Hevron area Monday morning as a guest of local council chairman Yohai Damri.

During the visit, Shaked discussed the impending demolition of Amona, the embattled Jewish community near Ofra in Samaria, saying the possibility of relocating the town to nearby state-owned land was being examined.

Amona, home to some 40 families, has been slated for demolition by the Supreme Court. The court has ordered that the ruling be enforced by the end of the year. A partial evacuation took place in February 2006, in which 300 people, most of them demonstrators, were injured.

“Both the leadership of the Justice Ministry and the Defense Ministry’s legal advisers looked into the matter yesterday,” said Shaked. “In the end the decision was made by Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit to permit the publicizing of the deal outline [based upon use of the] Absentee Property law”.

“We need to see how it [the deal] progresses.”

Responded to questions by Arutz Sheva, Shaked rejected rumors of a growing split between herself and Jewish Home chairman Naftali Bennett.

“That’s total nonsense,” said Shaked.

Shaked also discussed the plea by the family of fallen soldier Hadar Goldin for some representative of the government to attend the upcoming memorial ceremony.

“We are disappointed that not a single minister of the Israeli government has found the time to honor Hadar and us with their presence at the memorial ceremony for two years since he fell,” wrote the Goldin family in a published statement.

“As soon as I heard the family’s appeal I responded, saying that I would be coming to the memorial,” said Shaked.

 

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