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June 21, 2017 10:16 am

Israel Breaks Ground on First New West Bank Settlement in 25 Years

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An Israeli community in the West Bank. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.org – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced on Tuesday that construction of the first new Jewish settlement in the West Bank in 25 years has begun.

In the community of Amichai, 100 new homes will be built for the evicted residents of Amona, a settlement outpost housing 42 families that Israel razed in February due to Palestinian land ownership claims.

“Today, ground works began, as I promised, for the establishment of the new community for the residents of Amona,” Netanyahu tweeted. “After decades, I have the privilege to be the prime minister who is building a new community in Judea and Samaria.”

Israel Radio reported that the construction conducted at the site on Tuesday consisted of laying infrastructure for the community. Additional building plans must still be approved.

Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett celebrated the groundbreaking by raising a toast with community leaders from the West Bank.

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