Likud MK pleads for no resistance to Amona evacuation
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Likud MK pleads for no resistance to Amona evacuation

Yehuda Glick calls on residents to leave peacefully as victors, says ‘nothing good’ will come of resistance

Sue Surkes is The Times of Israel's environment reporter.

Likud MK Yehuda Glick attends a conference on the topic of strengthening the relationship between the Jewish people and the Temple Mount, held at the Knesset on November 7, 2016. (Miriam Alster/FLASH90)
Likud MK Yehuda Glick attends a conference on the topic of strengthening the relationship between the Jewish people and the Temple Mount, held at the Knesset on November 7, 2016. (Miriam Alster/FLASH90)

Right-wing lawmaker Yehuda Glick has called on supporters of the illegal West Bank settlement of Amona to ignore appeals to resist the outpost’s evacuation, which has been ordered by the High Court for no later than December 25.

Taking to Facebook, the Likud Knesset member, who is best known for his campaign to allow Jews to worship on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount, wrote: “The [social] network is overflowing with calls to come to Amona to try to prevent the evacuation.”

“I beg you not to go! Don’t listen to them! Nothing good will come out of it! There is no chance of stopping the evacuation and it’s also not right to do it.”

Glick, who voted in favor of the controversial Regulation Bill at its first reading on Wednesday, was responding to a text message sent out by residents of Amona claiming the evacuation of the outpost will take place on Saturday night, and urging opponents of the demolition to help block it.

Children play soccer near trailer homes at the unauthorized Israeli outpost of Amona, in the West Bank, on November 17, 2016. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)
Children play soccer near trailer homes at the unauthorized Israeli outpost of Amona, in the West Bank, on November 17, 2016. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

“The evacuation is getting underway! Everybody come now to Amona!” the message says.

“By all accounts the evacuation will take place this Saturday night. Everyone is invited to come to Amona and stay here on Shabbat too. The roads will be blocked so you have to [work around this] to get here.”

The message ends with the pledge that, “this Jewish community will not be destroyed.”

“If Amona’s residents wanted to do the right thing and emerge as the victors, they would pack up and move by agreement,” Glick said.

“They would contribute a million times more to Judaism than by unnecessary clashes with security forces. Don’t do it!”

Hundreds of Israeli soldiers and Border Police officers have been taking part in a training exercise this week at an Israeli army base in southern Israel ahead of the evacuation of Amona.

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