Amona residents stood their ground, rejecting a bad deal Wednesday and today recieved what they wanted to from the government. The coalition voted to resettle 24 families on the same hill as the present community and push off the eviction for 30 days to wait for the houses to be built. Amona recieved assurances and a timetable for implemention.
“We’ve decided to temporarily suspend the resistance [against the planned eviction], and to accept the government’s offer to build 52 new homes and public buildings in Amona,” said Ofer Inbar, Amona’s representative. “We decided to give the offer a chance and to [re]build our homes and lives here in Amona. We’ll keep a close watch and see if the state lives up to its promises to build homes and new public buildings in Amona.”
Amona Deal Erodes the Two State Solution
Regardless of how one views the specifics of the Amona deal, the actual achievement of the deal is precedent setting. Amona stood up for itself in an admirable way, showing that one can force a change in government policy without violence.
More importantly, the Amona deal is the first time the government has used the Absentee Law to acquire land in Judea and Samaria for te express purpose of building an actual community. This is groundbreaking and paves the way for similar solutions to be implemented in Judea and Samaria. Given the amount of communities strewn throughout Israel’s Biblical heartland, implementing both the Regulation Law and creative solutions as was agreed on in Amona will make the already moribund two-state solution void.
Amona once again saved the Settlement Movement and the State of Israel; just as it did nearly 11 years ago.