Netanyahu vows to seek 'solution' to Amona

PM Netanyahu tells Likud party members he is working hard to avoid confrontation over Samaria community slated for destruction.

Ari Soffer ,

Binyamin Netanyahu attends Likud faction meeting
Binyamin Netanyahu attends Likud faction meeting
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has vowed to seek a solution to the impending demolition of the village of Amona in Samaria.

Speaking at a Likud faction meeting on Monday in the Knesset, Netanyahu told party members: "The subject of Amona is sitting on my desk... On the matter of Amona, I have held consultations and will continue to hold consultations on the topic with the relevant sources involved in the matter."

"We are still seeking a solution. I will make every effort to find the solution to the Amona issue," he vowed.

Amona - located near the town of Ofra in Samaria's Binyamin Region - has been deemed illegal by the Israeli Supreme Court, which has ruled that the village was constructed on private Arab land.

Residents reject the claim that their community is built on private Arab-owned land, accusing nearby Arab villagers of fabricating the claims at the encouragement of left-wing agitators.

Amona became a symbol of resistance to the demolitions of Jewish homes in Judea and Samaria at the behest of western leaders, after an infamous confrontation in 2006 in which more than 300 people were injured during clashes in the course of an IDF operation to destroy nine buildings in the village.

The community is slated to be demolished later this year, and there are concerns similarly fierce clashes between protesters and security forces could ensue.

Despite his assurances, Netanyahu cautioned fellow Likud members that finding a solution would not be simple by any means. Underscoring his point, residents of Amona recently rejected a reported deal to voluntarily evacuate their homes in return for their resettlement in a new town.

Activists even handed out fliers to Likud MKs and officials prior to the meeting, urging them to prevent the destruction of their community.

"We need to remember that there is a decisive court ruling," the prime minister said. "I am taking advice and am open to other advice. If you have suggestions you are invited to send them my way."