Israeli media, on Wednesday, said that 40 Israeli families have rejected a government plan to be relocated from their houses.
PNN reports that, according toÂ Israeli media, the offer proposed by Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett, and approved by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, was to â€śrelocate the homes to abandoned Palestinian property on the same hilltop, where the West Bank outpost of Amona is currently located.â€ť
However, the settlers said Â that the offer was so full of holes it was like â€śSwiss Cheeseâ€ť and provided a solution for only a quarter of the families, and that they were prepared for a solution of rebuilding new homes on the same hilltop, and not destroying the current structures until the new ones had been completed.
The controversy over Amona started in 201,4 when the Israeli High Court of Justice hadÂ ruled that the outpost must be demolished by December 25, 2016, because they were built without permits on private Palestinian property.
Israeli settlements are illegal in international law.
Chris Carlson is a student of religion at Mount Mercy University, United States, and has been a regular volunteer with the IMEMC since 2013. He assisted in providing extensive coverage of the 2014 Israeli military offensive on the Gaza Strip and continues, into the present day, with the issues at hand. He can be reached via email at c h r i s @ i m e m c . o r g.