Final approval for first new Samaria town in over two decades

New town for evicted Amona residents receives government approval, becomes first new town in over two decades.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Construction in Amichai
Construction in Amichai
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Plans for Amichai, the new town promised to the families evicted from Amona, were approved on Monday morning by the Civil Administration's Planning Committee.

The plan includes 102 housing units, intended for those evacuated earlier this year from Amona and Ofra.

Amona Spokesperson Avichai Boaron said, "The decision today to found the town of Amichai is nothing less than historical. After dozens of years during which not a single new town was build in Judea and Samaria, we are returning to our Zionist ethos."

"This is a significant change in direction, and it occurred because of the ideological battle waged by Amona's residents. Both this decision and the Regulation Law blunt the pain caused by destroying Amona and its residents' homes. However, there is still a way to go before the families move into their new homes, and there will be obstacles.

"We expect the State of Israel and our Prime Minister to do everything possible to allow us to leave the dormitory we are currently living in and allow us to move into our new homes in Amichai."

Last December, residents of Amona signed a deal offered by the government to evacuate their homes in exchange for new housing in Samaria.

The Civil Administration in June authorized the new town, making Amichai the first new officially sanctioned Jewish town in Judea and Samaria in a quarter century, since the Rabin government imposed a freeze on new towns in 1992.