Over 6,000 people participated in a mass event at the Amona outpost on Wednesday, which featured a march, rally and concert. The theme of the event was a demand that the government resolve problems regarding the outpost and allow residents to remain in their homes, despite a ruling by the High Court that the homes must be demolished.
Among the government officials attending the event were Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel, Deputy Defense Minister Eli Ben-Dahan, Deputy Minister Ayoub Kara, and MKs Miki Zohar, Oren Hazan, Bezalel Smotrich, Shuli Moallem,, Moti Yogev and Yehuda Glick. Turnout was far more than had been predicted, organizers said.
Speaking at the event, Ariel said that the residents “are the protective layer of the mountain region. We need you to be here, not elsewhere. We must say clearly to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu that there will only be one state between the Jordan and the Mediterranean, and that is the State of Israel. We must encourage settlement in all parts of the Land of Israel – the Golan, Galilee, Negev, and Judea and Samaria. The key to allowing settlement in Amona is in the hands of the Prime Minister, with all due respect to presidents across the sea and their legal advisors. We request that you use that key to ensure that this group, which represents a huge population, be allowed to remain in their homes.”
The government, responding to the High Court ruling that the Amona homes must be demolished in the coming months, recently authorized the construction of homes at the outpost of Shvut Rachel outside Shilo, in the Binyamin region.
A report on Channel Two this week said that at a meeting with Likud members last week, Netanyahu warned that Israel needed to be “very cautious” over the next several months, during the twilight of President Barack Obama’s term in office. The wrong move, especially regarding Amona, is “liable to endanger Israel’s presence in Judea and Samaria altogether,” Netanyahu said. Chief among the concerns that Obama may “turn” on Israel after the presidential election in three weeks is that the U.S. would support, or at least not veto, a U.N. Security Council resolution that condemns Israel’s presence in Judea and Samaria.