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Residents of Amona are preparing for the planned evacuation.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged the residents of Amona and protesters who are gathering to stand with them in solidarity against eviction from their homes, to avoid violence, in an open letter posted Friday.

The prime minister also reminded the residents in the letter that he had ordered the government this past week to speed up demolition of illegal construction in the Arab sector. In addition, he urged parents not to allow their children and teens to be present at what promises at the very least to be a painful and chaotic protest.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu / screen capture

“Dear Residents of Amona,

“My heart is with you.

“We are living in a difficult time – for you, your families and for the entire people of Israel.

“The government is committed to the settlements of Judea and Samaria. We are more committed to this than any other government in the history of the State. As such, the minister’s of the government are making every possible effort – every effort – to find a solution that would allow the settlers to remain in place.

“We have dedicated days and nights to this – dozens of discussions – we have come up creative solutions, but sadly, these suggestions have not been accepted.

“One thing must be made clear. The State of Israel is a state that abides by the rule of law. The Court’s ruling binds us all, including those of us in the Israeli government.

“However, the law must also be equal. The same law that necessitates the evacuation of Amona also necessitates the evacuation of illegal building in other areas of our country.

“For this reason I ordered the demolition of illegal building in the Negev, Wadi Ara, the Galilee, the Central region – all over the country, which we will do in the coming days.

“I will not tolerate discrimination in the enforcement of building regulations between Israeli Jewish citizens and Israeli Arab citizens, between one person and the next.

“I will fight so that Israel will have one law for everyone, and one path to enforce it for everyone; something that has not been the case for several decades.

“I also turn to the beloved parents in Amona: Your protest is understandable, but it is no place for the presence of young boys and girls, nor for teenagers.

“I call on all leaders to show national responsibility during this time. The unity of Israel is one of our highest principles and it is the source of our strength. We are one people. We are brothers.”

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.

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  1. No, there is a law for the Jews whereby so-called illegal housing, synagogues, and villages are torn down, and a law for the Arabs where thousands of illegal houses, mosques, towns and villages are left standing. An illegal road in the Southern Hebron Hills paid for by the EU has also been left without being destroyed. When this double standard occurs, as it does such as a religious Zionist says anything against the policies, they are immediately arrested and jailed or tortured and jailed, while the left wing as been caught working with Fatah to arrest Arabs who sell land to Jews and are then killed by Fatah, caught lying to the UN, being paid millions by the EU, Soros and the State Dept to deligimize Israel and have now been caught doing art showing the hanging of Netanyahu, and the investigator claims it is all innocent and not inciting hatred or death. Nothing has happened to these left wing Israelis and the police are obviously ordered to ignore the incitement, and breaking of many laws.That causes a situation which will eventually occur as it has in the US. The majority of Israelis are so sick of double standards towards the Arabs and the left wing entitled, elitist secular rich Ashkenazi , there will be a revolt by voting for the more extreme, since the people in power are just mocking the law.

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