Photo Credit: Hadas Parush / Flash 90
View of the mountains from a home in the Jewish community of Amona on December 16, 2016.

The Israeli security cabinet has unanimously voted to approve construction of a new town for the residents of Amona, a Jewish community demolished in February under Supreme Court orders. The vote was taken by phone, according to Israel’s Channel 10 television news.

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The court ruled in favor of a petition claiming the town was built in part on land that was privately owned by citizens of the Palestinian Authority.

The Prime Minister’s Office said the new community is to be built at a site in the Binyamin region, near Emek Shilo. The rest of the government cabinet was meeting on the establishment of the town after the security cabinet vote.

The residents have been homeless since their town was demolished, waiting for the government to keep the promise to rebuild their town elsewhere, a vow made by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during talks held prior to the evacuation.

The new town will be the first to be established by the State of Israel in Judea or Samaria in more than two decades.

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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.