Amona residents: Netanyahu promised us a new town soon

Likud faction meets to discuss how to speed up process of building new town for Amona expellees.

Arutz Sheva Staff,

Amona residents protest delays
Amona residents protest delays
Miriam Alster, Flash 90

Sources close to Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu estimate that the new town to replace Amona will be built approximately four months after the plan is submitted, Galei Zahal Radio reported on Wednesday.

The Likud-faction discussion was held on Monday after Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely (Likud) asked why the government had not put out a General's Order to build the new town as quickly as possible.

According to the report, Netanyahu's Chief of Staff Yoav Horowitz said Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit had suggested doing things properly and "the best way possible" with no shortcuts.

In Horowitz's opinion, the reason Mandelblit insisted on the regular process was that lawsuits and legal battles would hold up any "shortcuts" proposed, whereas the "regular" process would take "only" four months.

Amona HQ Chairman Avichai Boaron said, "The Prime Minister, who sent us to build this town in 1996, said it would only take another four months. The Attorney General said it would only take another six months. And we think that no one really knows what's happening here."

On Monday, Hotovely met with the women of Amona and toured the dormitory in which Amona's residents have been living since the expulsion in February.