We Are All Amona

Dr. Joseph Frager,

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Dr. Joseph Frager
The writer is a leading American pro-Israel activist who sponsors and coordinates many Zionist events. He is clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine (Gastroenterology & Liver Diseases) at the Einstein School of Medicine as well as a practicing physician.

Tens years ago thousands of Israeli Police officers stormed Amona to raze nine homes. Three Hundred Jews were injured. Many sustained serious head wounds. Nadia Matar the head of Women in Green was hurt badly. General Efie Eitam who was a member of Knesset at that time was also struck.

Police used horses to attack fellow Jews. The scene was one of horror. It was one of the worst acts of violence of Jew against Jew in the modern era. This all came after the traumatic and humiliating expulsion of 10,000 Jews from 22 Jewish Communities in Gush Katif (Gaza) the year before (2005). These two events together brought Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu back to power. Israelis realized that cow towing to Western interests only brought mayhem, more terrorism and rockets closer to central Israel.

The Supreme Court of Israel in 2014 ordered that Amona be dismantled by December 25th, 2016. Ostensibly, the reason was that it was built on private Arab land. The Supreme Court did not take into account the fact that the land had been abandoned and that the Government of Israel had issued permits and licences for construction. The government spent millions of dollars providing infrastructure. The government of Israel was fully and totally engaged. The western media does not make this at all clear. Amona was built in a similar fashion to other towns in Judea and Samaria. The Supreme Court in a case of extreme over-reach decided to make a stand on Amona for "political purposes". In the United States "eminent domain" laws allow for a government to decide the fate of every parcel of land.

Amona should not have been in the purview of the Supreme Court of Israel. The Supreme Court injected itself into an area that new Knesset laws (the Regulation Law) will prohibit. Much of the motivation for the Supreme Court of Israel was to appease and cozy up to President Obama. With Donald Trump's recent election victory, Israel can chart a different course. The President Elect has already said that he would allow Israel to renew building in Judea and Samaria. The government of Israel does not have to worry much about the Supreme Court decision.

The government has many options. One simple one could be to ask for an extension. The reason the Supreme Court might acquiesce is that the previous intrusion into Amona in 2006 led to potential loss of life. Israel does not have to be re-traumatized. Israel does not need any more scars. They have suffered enough. The government of Israel could also use the "eminent domain" of Israel which is called "annexation". Indeed, Israel should once and for all annex Judea and Samaria as it did Jerusalem to prevent another Amona situation. We are all one with Amona. Long live Amona!