Progress in battle to save Amona

Coalition party heads discuss possibility of delaying demolition of Amona homes until new adjacent residences are available.

Ido Ben Porat ,

Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit
Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit
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In a meeting today (Sunday), involving the heads of the coalition parties, a development in the efforts to resolve the fate of the Samarian town of Amona was discussed.

Amona has been slated for demolition in around six months due to claims of ownership of the land on which it is built.

There is some possibility of resolving the issue using a law that grants the state of Israel the assets of those individuals who fled to the territory of a hostile nation during the 1948 War of Independence.

The proposed plan would involve delaying the demolition of the houses in Amona until such time as new residences will be built on land adjacent to the current location of the town.

The Attorney-General's approval is required to go ahead with the plan. If the A-G rejects the proposal, the Ministerial Committee for Legislation will hold an unscheduled meeting this Wednesday in order to discuss the previous proposals for new legislation to be passed to resolve the situation. The previous "resolution laws" proposal, initiated by MKs Shuli Moalem and Yoav Kish, was struck down last week when A-G Avichai Mandelblit told the Prime Minister that it wasn't constitutional and would not make it through the Supreme Court.

A-G Mandelblit advised the Prime Minister that thought the proposal aims to resolve issues surrounding Judea and Samaria communities, in practice and in the long run it would hurt them.