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Future of Israel’s settlement enterprise at crossroads following Amona evacuation

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Posted: Wednesday, February 8, 2017 10:11 am

Israel carried out the much-discussed evacuation of the Jewish outpost of Amona last week in a process that raised renewed questions about the future of Israeli settlements, with Israeli lawmakers seeking to retroactively legalize numerous outposts and the Trump administration possibly offering newfound support for the settlement enterprise.

For Israeli supporters of settlements in the West Bank (known commonly in Israel as Judea and Samaria), the evacuation of 40 families and hundreds of protesters from Amona — located approximately 10 miles north of Jerusalem  —was a painful event that stung at the core of their nationalistic and ideological beliefs about settling across the land of Israel.

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